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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Doctors hired by the U.S. Army in the 19th century were some of the best trained physicians in the United States. The army examination for surgeons and assistant surgeons was rigorous and complex.