Camp Ives

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Camp Ives (1859-1861) - A U.S. Civil War era U.S. Army Camp established in 1859 near Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas. Abandoned in 1861.


Located on Turtle Creek near present day Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas. Camp Ives was a subpost of Camp Verde which was four miles to the south. Camp Ives was established on 2 Oct 1859, by Company I, 2nd U.S. Cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant Wesley Owens (Cullum 1726). Camp Ives contained about twenty log cabins. The mission of the camp was to protect the military road to Fort Terrett and the Frio Trail.

The post was temporarily abandoned on 13 Mar 1860, when the garrison escorted Lt. Colonel Robert E. Lee (Cullum 542) to the Rio Grande. Lee was then the temporary commander of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry. The troops returned to Camp Ives on 20 Oct 1860 and remained here until 28 Jan 1861, when Camp Ives was abandoned and the troops removed to Camp Verde.

The post was used in 1861 as a muster station for Confederate troops. The Frontier Battalion camped here periodically throughout the Civil War.

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Location: Near Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas.

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Lat: 29.95393 Long: -99.10400

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  • Elevation: 1,546'

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