Pin from Fort Chadbourne

Pin from Fort Chadbourne

This pin from Fort Chadbourne relates to the first days that the Garlands decided to restore Fort Chadbourne. I have had contact with the area from early days of stabilization and archaeological work. They have worked so hard to raise money and do a great deal of stabilization themselves. They have preserved a very important part of Texas and US history at the fort which is located on their ranch.

Military History

On October 28, 1852, Fort Chadbourne was established by Companies A & K of the 8th U.S. Infantry. The Fort was named in honor of 2nd Lt. Theodore Lincoln

Stabilization and restoration work ongoing at Fort Chadbourne.

Stabilization and restoration work ongoing at Fort Chadbourne.

Chadbourne who was killed at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma during the Mexican War. Chadbourne’s sash, and saber are on display in the Visitor Center. As many as 450 or as few as 50 men were stationed at Fort Chadbourne during its years of operation. Men such as Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George Pickett, Albert Sidney Johnston, and John Bell Hood passed through its doors.

At the outbreak of the Civil War the fort was relinquished to the Texas Regimental Forces, some of whom were mustered into the Confederacy at the post. Following the Civil War, Fort Chadbourne was reoccupied in 1867 by Commander Eugene Beaumont and the 4th U.S. Cavalry. Due to lack of water and supplies, along with deterioration of the buildings, the troops were moved to an area along the Concho River and established Fort Concho. Fort Chadbourne was decommissioned and used as a picket post until 1873.

Location: 07-A3

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