Details for Near Site of Indian Battle (Atlas Number 5441003565)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441003565


Marker Number 3565
Atlas Number 5441003565
Marker Title Near Site of Indian Battle
Index Entry Indian Battle, Near Site of
Address CR 351, S of Merkel
City Merkel
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 400819
UTM Northing 3576450
Subject Codes military topics; Native Americans
Marker Year 1968
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location From Merkel, take FM 126 south 14.4 miles to CR 350 and follow south about 21.4 miles then take CR 351 south .9 mile.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text On February 15, 1870, Corporal Hilliard Morrow and five men of Company E, 24th U.S. Infantry, set out from Fort Griffin to relieve guards at Mountain Pass mail station near here. Soon after arriving, however, they were besieged by a raiding party of 75 Comanches. Although outnumbered by more than ten to one, the courageous group repelled the attack. The Indians, however, drove off five mules and one horse belonging to the El Paso and San Antonio Mail Company, which ran a branch line to the station. Three of the Indians were killed, but the soldiers suffered no losses. (1968)