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Imprisoned on the Frontier: the 8th US Infantry at Fort McKavett November 18-20 2011

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November 18-20 2011

This is a 150th cycle event commemorating the 6 month period from October 1861- April 1862 when Fort McKavett, Texas was occupied by Co. E, 1st Texas Mounted Rifles and served as a temporary prisoner of war camp for one of the six companies of the 8th US Infantry that was surrendered at the Battle of Adam's Hill, near San Antonio, on May 9, 1861. The companies of the 8th were divided amongst the former Federal outposts on the Texas frontier over the winter of 1861- spring of 1862.

A website has been created and will be updated with more information shortly.

Registration is limited to 50 Federals and 60 Texans. This is a unique event representing a forgotten facet of Texas and Civil War history.

Information about the Federals:
The prisoners that were distributed amongst the frontier posts during the Fall of 1861 were all enlisted men and NCO's, the officer's were kept in San Antonio. No weapons or accoutrements (other than to eat, cook, and carry your rations and to carry your personal effects) will be needed for this impression. By November 1861, these soldiers would have been wearing the same issue of clothing that they were surrendered in six months earlier. Please check the guidelines on the site....these weren't your fresh faced 90 day volunteers, these men were hardened veterans and a good mix of civilian clothing is appropriate.

Information about the Texans:
The 1st Texas Mounted Rifles had been on campaign since March of 1861. These men were the first regiment that Texas created during the Civil War, and the commission to form the regiment was the first issued by the Confederate Government. The men that composed this regiment, in part, had experience in the ranging companies of the 1850's. By November 1861, attrition had begun to set in and the bi-weekly 85 mile patrols against the Lipan Apache and Comanche had taken it's toll. The 70-80 man strong companies had been whittled down to 50-60 men in strength.

Civilian information will be provided soon.

Registration will open February 1, 2011.

Annette Bethke
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