The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 35
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Fort McKavett, Texas
He was delighted with the escort wagons and their six mule teams
and his escort of soldiers as well as the hospitality of the officers.
He especially enjoyed the turkey hunts, for which that section was
so noted and he also went on deer hunts.
He was quite surprised to see fruits, blossoms and vegetables in
an advanced state of growth in February. He stayed at the Fort
a month and returned the following year, with his Cousin, John
Roosevelt. On one of their hunts they went thirty miles south to
old Fort Terrett and struck the Llano River near the present town
of Roosevelt named twenty-six years later after his brother, who
was then President of the United States. They caught 18 pounds
of black bass in two hours with two rods, and besides killing a lot
of turkeys, the party caught 320 pounds of fish.
Altogether the post was pleasantly situated, and was occupied
until June 30, 1883. Its position was important strategically,
and guarded a large section of the country that was later settled
by prosperous farmers and ranchers. After the hostile Indians
had been driven back to their reservations or killed, the post was
no longer needed. The following troops were stationed there be-
tween 1852 and 1883; according to report of the Adjutant Gen-
eral's Office, February 28, 1929:
8 Infantry March 14, 1852, to Sept. 9, 1853.
2 Dragoons Jan. 26, 1854, to Aug. 15, 1855.
1 Infantry Aug. 13, 1855, to March 22, 1859.
4 Cavalry March 30, 1868, to March 19, 1869.
35 Infantry April 22, 1868, to March 19, 1869.
9 Cavalry Oct. 1, 1868, to Nov. 25, 1879.
41 Infantry March 16, 1869, to Oct., 1869.
24 Infantry Oct. 1869, to Sept. 28, 1872.
10 Infantry Sept. 21, 1872, to May 11, 1879.
4 Cavalry Feb. 1, 1874, to Aug. 18, 1874.
10 Cavalry April 17, 1875, to Aug. 4, 1878.
22 Infantry May 8, 1879, to Jan. 8, 1881.
1 Infantry Dec. 8, 1880, to March 14, 1881.
16 Infantry March 7, 1881, to Aug. 21, 1882.
Post evacuated June 30, 1883, by Co. D, 16 Infantry.
The following named officers who later attained high rank, served
in lower grades at different times at Fort McKavett:
Major General Henry W. Lawton, U. S. V., who was killed at
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