The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 36
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the battle of San Mateo, P. I., December 19, 1899, and who dis-
tinguished himself in the pursuit of Geronimo in Arizona in 1885
Maj. General Ranald S. Mackenzie, U. S. V., the greatest Indian
fighter of our Generals in Texas.
Brigadier General Lewis H. Rucker, U. S. A.
Major General William R. Shafter, U. S. A., in command of the
United States troops at the battle of Santiago, Cuba, in 1898.
Major General Henry C. Merriam, U. S. A. He organized,
equipped and forwarded the troops taking part in the battle of
Manila, P. I.
Major General Henry C. Corbin, U. S. A., Adjutant General
of the Army.
Major General Thomas M. Anderson, U. S. V., the originator
of "Anderson Fort" near Spur, Dickens County, Texas.
Brigadier General Charles DeLaven Viele, an active Indian
fighter in West Texas.
Brigadier General Henry Boynton Clitz, who was very active in
protecting his troops from epidemics.
Fort McKavett was named in honor of Captain Henry McKavett,2
'The lamented Captain McKavett, a native of New York, was an emi-
nent example of what well-directed industry will accomplish, unaided by
family influence or fortune. To the Orphan Asylum of New York City
he was indebted for his early education. By his intelligence, he at-
tracted the attention of those who had the judgment and influence to
obtain for him a commission at West Point, from which institution he
graduated with honor, and was appointed a brevet second lieutenant in
the Seventh Infantry on the 1st of July, 1834.
In the battle of the 8th and 9th, Captain McKavett displayed great
coolness and judgment, and at Resaca de la Palma, distinguished him-
self in leading his company into action, in the brilliant charge made by
Colonel Belknap. He fell at Monterey, at the head of his company, un-
der Ipeculiarly affecting circumstances, a cannon ball literally severing
him in twain. He appeared to have had a presentiment of his death,
as there was found in his trunk a will, of recent date, which displayed
not only an anticipation of death, but also one of the noblest traits of
the human mind, gratitude; for it gave to the early protectors of his
childhood, the officers of the Orphan Asylum, nearly all of his property,
which was considerable.
Captain McKavett wielded a felicitous pen; many of his sketches of
Mexico had a wide circulation through the press of the country, and
were admired for their simplicity of style, charms of dictum, and ex-
cellent spirit. An extract from his last epistle is, perhaps, a proper
conclusion to this imperfect notice of his excellent life and honorable
death. In a letter to Colonel A. Hamilton, dated Seralvo, September 13,
1846, we have the following paragraphs, remarkable for sound judg-
ment, highly cultivated tastes, and resignation to the apparently antici-
pated sad event that was to overtake him at Monterey:
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935, periodical, 1935; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117143/m1/44/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.