The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 79
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Western Union and is managed by Mr. N. J. Petrick.72 On Sept.
3oth an office was opened at Castroville, 25 miles from San Antonio,
by Private Julius Gerard.73 The line from Clark to San Antonio
cost about $12,ooo, or $96 per mile. A considerable percentage of
this cost should be charged to the line between Eagle Pass (Fort
Duncan)74 and Laredo (Fort McIntosh)76 as, to prevent reversion
of money needed, a contract from San Antonio to Laredo was
Late in June Mr. J. C. Van Duzer Civilian Superintendent, was
sent to the lower Rio Grande, with instructions to organize the
working parties on that division. On June 28th, 2nd Lieut. W. H. W.
James,76 24th Infantry, with a detail from Fort Brown,77 com-
menced work toward Ringgold Barracks.7s On July 15, 2nd Lieut.
John I. Kane79 24th Infantry, commenced the line from Ringgold
Barracks to Fort McIntosh (Laredo).
72The editor was unable to find any biographical data on Petrick.
7"Julius Gerard served from 1875 to 1878. Huber to L. T. E., April 18, 1962.
74Eagle Pass, on the Rio Grande in Maverick County, was settled in 1849 when
Camp Eagle Pass was established. The camp was shortly abandoned and Fort
Duncan was founded on March 27, 1849. With the outbreak of war in 1861, the
Federal troops were withdrawn; they returned in 1868. Webb and Carroll (eds.),
Handbook, I, 532, 625.
7"Laredo was founded by Tomas Sanchez de la Berrera y Gallerdo in 1755.
The area came under the jurisdiction of Texas in 1846 and Laredo became the
county seat in 1849, also serving as a port of entry from Mexico. Ibid., II, 28.
Fort McIntosh was established with the entry of American troops in 1849, but
was abandoned from 1853 to 1859. Confederate troops replaced the Federal soldiers
from 1861 to 1865. Ibid., I, 628.
70William Henry Williams James, born in Tennessee, was commissioned a second
lieutenant upon graduating from the United States Military Academy on June 24,
1872. He served with various infantry regiments during his long tenure in the
army. Heitman, Historical Register, I, 570. The work under James was delayed by
the tardiness of a shipment of poles from Virginia. The work could have com-
menced as early as June 5, if the poles had been received when expected. Greely to
Chief Signal Officer, July 17, 1875.
77Fort Brown was established by General Zachary Taylor in April, 1846, when his
forces arrived to occupy the area. During the Civil War is was occupied by both
Confederate and Federal troops, and after the war was regarrisoned with United
States troops. Webb and Carroll (eds.), Handbook, I, 621.
78Ringgold Barracks was established at Rio Grande City on October 26, 1848,
by Captain J. H. La Motte, with troops from the 1st Infantry. With the coming
of the Civil War, troops were withdrawn, but in 1865, the post was regarrisoned.
79John Innis Kane, born in New York, was commissioned a second lieutenant
in the 24th Infantry on October 31, 1874, was promoted to first lieutenant on
December 23, 1878, and on June 30, 1883, resigned from the service. He served
as a captain with the 202nd New York Infantry from July, 1898, to April 15, 1899.
Heitman, Historical Register, I, 585.
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