• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

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    The park auditorium is undergoing major rehabilitation and can only accommodate 15 persons watching the film at once. We play it every half hour, or on an as needed basis. Completion date; spring 2015. Everything else is open, as usual, at the park.

Places

First Fort Davis: 1854-1862

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.

 

Second Fort Davis: 1867-1891

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.

Did You Know?

Photo of Second Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper.

At age 21, Henry O. Flipper became the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Second Lieutenant Flipper was assigned to Company A, 10th U.S. Cavalry, and served at Fort Davis from November 1880 to December 1881.