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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Assistant Surgeon Albert J. Myer, who served at Fort Davis in 1855, developed a new military signaling system. Myer was promoted to major in 1860 and appointed Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army. He is known as the Father of the Signal Corps.