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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Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson commanded the 10th Cavalry from its organization in 1866 until 1888. Grierson was post commander at Fort Davis from November of 1882 to April of 1885.