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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After Texas joined the Confederacy, Fort Davis was garrisoned by Companies C and D of the 2d Texas Mounted Rifles. Among the Confederate officers to command Fort Davis in 1861-1862 were Captain William C. Adams and Lieutenants Reuben Mays and William White.