Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Camp Rice/Fort Hancock

If' you're a fan of military history, you'll enjoy this seldom visited site.  This marker identifies a location near the community of Fort Hancock near the border with Mexico as the site of Camp Rice, a subpost to Fort Davis (now Fort Davis National Historic Site).  Set just off the road in agricultural land, the site feels remote and forgotten.

Texas Escapes says this about the site, "Fort Hancock had been established as Camp Rice in 1881. After the death of Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock in 1886, the post changed its name to honor the General, who had wounded at Gettysburg and was later the commander of the 5th Military Department (which included Texas)."  To read more, click here.

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