Confederate frontier post Camp Belknap located this vicinity. Local soldiers, determined to guard edge of settlement against Indian raids, Union invasion from Indian Territory, joined Frontier Regiment of Texas Cavalry and Rangers. Chain of posts . . . — — Map (db m93558) HM
County Named for Texas Confederate
Colonel William C. Young
1812 – 1862
Tennessee lawyer, U.S. Marshal, Frontier Texas Ranger, Annexation Convention member 1845, Colonel Mexican War. During Civil War raised and commanded 11th Texas . . . — — Map (db m93532) HM
Three youths slain by Indians in an Elm Creek raid, July 17, 1867:
Rice Carlton, age 19; Reuben Johnson, born 1847, son of J. Allen Johnson; Patrick Euell Proffitt, born March 7, 1848, son of Robert S. Proffitt. John Proffitt, a brother, was . . . — — Map (db m93411) HM
Two Miles Southwest to
Established in 1850
The largest military post in
until the Civil War.
The first county seat of
A station on
the Southern Overland Mail Line
connecting . . . — — Map (db m93449) HM
Established Nov. 1851 for the U.S. Army by Gen. Wm. G. Belknap and located by Capt. R.B. Marcy.
This Post – One of the most important in Texas at that time was maintained by the U.S. Army until 1867 for the protection of early settlers . . . — — Map (db m93514) HM
Built with stones from the original fort, this monument was completed November 3, 1995 on the 144th birthday of Fort Belknap at its present location. Erected to the memory of the U.S., Texas and Confederate troops who served here. Dedicated by the . . . — — Map (db m93534) WM
Kentucky native Peter Harmonson (1797-1865) came to Texas in 1845 as a settler in the Peters Colony. The following year he helped form Denton County, where he served as the first sheriff. In 1854 he brought his family here and established a ranch . . . — — Map (db m93450) HM
Indian troubles continually plagued the Texas frontier in the Civil War, with great loss in lives and property.
One of the most serious raids occurred near here on Oct. 13, 1864, at Fitzpatrick Ranch. Comanches killed seven ranch people and . . . — — Map (db m93414) HM
A native of Kentucky, Joseph Alfred Woolfolk (1836-1918) earned a law degree from the University of Louisville in 1856. He moved to Belknap, Texas, in 1858, and was hired by the Texas Emigration and Land Company to survey land grants in the Peters . . . — — Map (db m93448) HM
As Indian agent, forceful peacemaker and humanist, Maj. Neighbors had more influence over Texas’ Indians than any other man of his era; came to Texas in 1836.
He served as quartermaster in Texas Army, 1839-41. While on Texas Ranger duty in San . . . — — Map (db m93515) HM
Past this Point Extended a
Surveyed in 1849 by Colonel J.E. Johnson who was detailed by the U.S. War Department to locate the most feasible route from Red River to El Paso. From 1851 to 1854 it connected two frontier . . . — — Map (db m93559) HM
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Connecting Fort Belknap and San Antonio. Blazed in 1851 by Lieutenant Francis T. Bryan of the U.S. Army. Traveled by troops, supply trains and frontier settlers. — — Map (db m93535) HM
Best preserved of the original structures at Fort Belknap. The fort, named for its builder, Brig. Gen. W.G. Belknap (1794-1851), was one of the frontier posts placed by the Federal government along a line from the Red River to the Rio Grande to . . . — — Map (db m93557) HM
Members of the Robert Smith Proffitt family came to this area about 1862 and established homes. A son, John Proffitt (1846-1925), amassed large landholdings and built a gin and other businesses. The developing community was named Proffitt. At its . . . — — Map (db m93410) HM
By the time of the Civil War, 1861-65, Texans knew the horrors of Indian warfare. Hostile tribes made a business of stealing horses, cattle, women and children. The paths they followed in the “bright Comanche moons” were marked by . . . — — Map (db m93556) HM