CAMP SHAFTER. Camp Shafter was a semipermanent military outpost on Comanche Creek twenty-six miles southeast of Fort Duncan and Eagle Pass in Maverick County. The area later became part of the ranch of Ewing Halsell. The camp was established on May 28, 1873, by Company M, Fourth United States Cavalry, commanded by Capt. William O'Connell, and named for Lt. Col. William R. Shafter, then in command at Fort Duncan. A few days before, six companies of the Fourth Cavalry had returned with Lt. John L. Bullis of the Twenty-fourth United States Infantry. Bullis, with his famous Seminole-Negro scoutsqv, had just carried out the raid on the Kickapoo Village near Remolino, Coahuila. The troops were under the command of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie. Camp Shafter was initially established to guard against potential Indian or Mexican retaliation for the Remolino raid. However, when none occurred, it was used as a base for scouting along the Rio Grande. During May and June 1873 the camp was home for Company M and Company E, Fourth Cavalry. Company E was commanded by First Lt. George Thurston. Various units from forts Clark and Duncan used the camp throughout 1873. The site is now covered by a lake on Comanche Creek.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Richard A. Thompson, "Camp Shafter," accessed May 05, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbc41.
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