On October 23, 1854, the Commander of the Department of Texas, General Persifor F. Smith, issued the official order that established Fort Davis. Smith named the site in honor of then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.
After the Civil War, travel continued on the San Antonio-El Paso Road and so did raiding by Comanches and Apaches, which resulted in the Army re-establishing Fort Davis.
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In an attempt to better supply Fort Davis and other southwestern posts, the army embarked on an unusual experiment by importing camels from the Middle East in 1856. Camels passed through Fort Davis in 1857, 1859 and 1860.