Fort Concho: San Angelo (Tom Green Co.)
In front of Fort Concho Museum
The center of a line of forts extending from the northeastern border
of Texas to El Paso. Was also northern point of southern chain of forts
extending to Rio Grande, thence along that river to its mouth. Established
1867 (at then junction of Butterfield Trail, Goodnight Trail and road
to San Antonio) by 4th Cavalry under Capt. George G. Huntt to protect
By March 1, 1870, fort buildings were (in order of their construction)
a commissary and quartermaster storehouse, hospital, five officers'
quarters, a magazine and two barracks-all built of sandstone.
Photo from the Book, Texas Forts by Wayne Lease.
Among those who commanded the post were: Gen. Wm. R. Shafter (later
Major General of Volunteers, Spanish-American War and commanded troops
at capture of Santiago de Cuba, July 1898); Maj. John P. Hatch (at one
time fort was named in his honor); Gen. Wesley Merritt (first commander
of Fort Davis after Civil War; was later superintendent of U.S. Military
Academy at West Point); Gen. Ranald Slidell Mackenzie (who led attacks
from this and other forts, credited with defeat of Indian resistance
in Southwest); and Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson, commander of Negro troops
of 10th Cavalry.
On June 20, 1889, fort was abandoned as a military post and property
passed into private ownership.