Kickapoo Battlefield LbNA # 33739
|Placed Date||Aug 3 2007|
|Last Update||Jul 17 2010|
From the marker: Here General Thomas J. Rusk with 200 Texans on October 16, 1838, attacked a band of hostile Indians and allied Mexicans, molesters of frontier settlements, and routed them.
This battle is in part retaliation to the Killough Massacre. Under the orders of Mexican insurgent Col. Jose Cordova, 200 Mexican families and Indians rose in rebellion against the newly established Texas government and began a campaign of terror across East Texas, attacking farms in this sparsely populated region. The murders of the Killough family in Cherokee County brought the attention of Gen. Thomas J. Rusk, who raised an army and caught up with the insurgents, numbering somewhere around 600, here, and drove them from the area.
Directions to box: from Frankston take FM 19 south. Drive approximately two miles to Anderson County Road 320 (left). Drive 0.1 miles to a pipe gate on the right side of the road. Find an orange and white marker warning of underground cable and look directly across the road from it. There is a double trunked elm tree with a letter box at its back base. When you return to 19 look left to see the historical marker.