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EDWARD S. WALLACE
A OUT fifteen miles north of San Antonio, Texas, lies Camp
Bullis, which was established in 1917 as a target range
and a maneuver camp for both artillery and infantry.
This camp was inactivated during the wave of military economy
after World War I, was reopened for World War II, and, later,
was again put into moth balls after the close of hostilities. Today
(1951) it stands ready for another revival if the threatening war
clouds continue to gather. Camp Bullis was named after one of
the greatest of Indian fighters, a man called the "Thunderbolt"
by his Indian enemies and the "Friend of the Frontier" by the
people of Texas; it seems fitting that more should be known about
John Lapham Bullis.
The completion of the Erie Canal in 182o opened up a rich
farming district in upstate New York for settlement. A wave of
immigration brought many persons from the rocky farms of
northern New England, especially from Vermont. Among them
were Charles Bullis, his wife and his children, who came from
Manchester, Vermont, and settled in Macedon, Wayne County.
Here, Charles Bullis built a cobblestone house which still stands
and still shelters his descendants. One of his sons, Abram Rogers
Bullis, studied medicine and later practiced in Macedon and
On a neighboring hilltop stood a large red brick mansion be-
longing to John Lapham, whose ancestor of the same name had
come to Rhode Island from England in 1635. This high old house
was called "Waveney Manor" after the original family home in
England. One of the nine Lapham children was named Lydia;
1Early Days of John Lapham Bullis (anonymous typescript in the possession of
General Bullis' daughter, Mrs. W. Sumner Halcomb, of San Antonio, Texas).
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed April 21, 2015.