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Bird’s Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

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Bird's Creek Battle
May 26, 1839

Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

Bird Creek Battlefield

Marker Title: Bird Creek Battlefield
City: Temple
County: Bell
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: In median at intersection of Adams and S I-35 across from Church of Christ, Temple
Marker Text: Named in honor of Captain John Bird who lost his life here May 26, 1839 With only 34 Texas Rangers he met 240 Indians at this point, and routed them.

Bird Creek Indian Battle

Marker Title: Bird Creek Indian Battle
City: Temple
County: Bell
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: At the 2000 blk. of Nugent (inside of road), west of I-35 and just east of Bird Creek.
Marker Text: May 26, 1839 This marker commemorates the death of captain John Bird Sergeant William Weaver Jesse E. Nash H. M. C. Hall Thomas Gay and the heroic and successful battle of a Ranger force of 34 against 240 Indians.

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

Bird's Creek Battle, May 26, 1839

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