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at Camp Belknap, TEXAS
Site of Camp Belknap, 1993

"Except that we are too far from the river, I am pleased with our encampment here. It is an elevated situation affording a good shade and there is generally a good breeze here. There is a great deal of thick chapparal to clear up but after it is done, it will be a very hardsome place. I find here a great variety of the cactus."- Capt. Sydenham Moore, Journal, July 25, 1846

"Our encampment is nearly half a mile from the river, from which we have to get all our water. The encampment is beautifully situated on a high ridge, a lagoon close to the edge of the ridge on the east."
- Pvt. Stephen F. Nunnalee, Journal, July 24, 1846

[View Map of Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1846]

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Camp Belknap marker, 1996
  • July 24, 1846: Company D, along with the rest of the Alabama regiment, arrives at Camp Belknap.
  • July 30, 1846: Lt. Hale brings mail for the company from Point Isabel.
  • Aug. 1, 1846: G. G. Snedicor elected 2nd Lt. of the company [John C. Anderson resigned the postion on June 29]. That night, remembers Stephen F. Nunnalee, the company had a "fandango."
  • Aug. 2, 1846: Lt. Hale returned to camp from a visit to Matamoros.
  • Aug. 7, 1846: "Draw Day" - company receives provisions.
  • Aug. 11, 1846: Pvt. Goree accidentally shoots himself through the hand while hunting.
  • Aug. 14, 1846: Greenwood, McKee leave to go home on furlough. Wilson and Ridgeway discharged.
  • Aug. 28, 1846: Some men from Company D nearly have an altercation with some Georgia volunteers.
  • Aug. 28 or 29, 1846: Company D leaves for Camargo aboard steamboat Big Hatchie. Stopped at Matamoros that evening.

Sources:

Butler, Steven R., ed. The Eutaw Rangers in the War with Mexico: The Mexican War Journal & Letters of Capt. Sydenham Moore and the Mexican War Journal of Pvt. Stephen F. Nunnalee, Company D, First Regiment of Alabama Volunteers (Richardson, Texas: Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, 1998).

Top photo by the author. Photo of Camp Belknap marker by Sam Griffin.


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