Fort Belknap near Newcastle,Texas, was established in November 1851 by brevet Brigadier General William G.Belknap to protect the Texas frontier against raids by the Kiowa and Comanche. It was the northernmost fort we know as the Texas Forts Trail. This trail includes Forts Belknap, Chabournd, Griffin,Richards,Phantom Hill, and Concho. They stretched from the Red River to the Rio Grande. Soldiers from Fort Belknap were known to chase Comanche raiders up into Kansas. The fort was used as the hub of the Butterfield Overland Mail route. The fort was abandoned during the Civil War and was occupied by Confederate troops until the end of the war. The fort was reoccupied by Union forces after the war and abandoned for the last time in September 1867. Some buildings have been restored and is a great place to visit.
History is one of my favorite subjects and our trip to Fort Belknap was a highlight of one of our Friday Adventures.