With a garrison of 250, Fort Tejon wasn’t a large fort by US standards yet 15 of its officers went on to being generals in the Civil War; eight for the union, and seven for the confederacy.
Plaque inscription: No. 129 Fort Tejon This military post was established by the United States Army on June 24, 1854 to suppress stock rustling and for the protection of Indians in the
There is another landmark and plaque at this site but it sits here without state or county recognition. Before being the president of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis was a congressman, senator, secretary of war and presidential advisor…and the vision of an improved road transcending the
Camel Trail Terminus
Jefferson Davis, father of national highways, as Secretary of War 1853-57 sponsored the importation of 77 camels for transporting military supplies to the west coast. The camel trail survey ran from
The Army Camel Corps arrived at this fort in November, 1857, with Lt. Edward F. Beale in command.
Edward Beale’s name pops up in 19th century
‘Edward Beale is in charge of finding a shorter trail across the American desert and to also test the practicality of using camels in the west in this 3-D western. (An actual test once conducted in the Big Bend area of
- Bugs, in ‘Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk’ was perhaps a more historically accurate venture.
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