The Killing of General J. J. Byrne

The Killing of General J. J. Byrne (HM15A9)

Location: Sierra Blanca, TX 79851 Hudspeth County
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N 31° 10.477', W 105° 21.441'

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(Event occurred 15 miles south of here, in Quitman Canyon)

One of the final acts of violence in raiding led during 1880 by the feared Apache chieftain, Victorio.
Just prior to this incident, Victorio's band—100 to 200 strong— had finished a sanguinary two years of raiding in southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. His brilliant guerrilla tactics baffled his U. S. Army pursuers and earned their grudging admiration.
J. J. Byrne, a surveyor and retired military man, had fought in U. S. Army in the Civil War (1861-65), having been cited both for gallantry and meritorious conduct. At the time of his death, he was the lone passenger on the stage bound for Fort Davis.
Drawn by small, swift Mexican mules, the coach left Fort Quitman, a former Army post on the Rio Grande, August 13, 1880. As it entered a steep canyon Victorio's men attacked. Gen. Byrne was killed almost at once but the driver, Ed Walde, turned the stage and raced back to the fort for safety.
Later in 1880 the United States and Mexico fielded 5,000 soldiers to hunt down Victorio, who was finally killed in Mexico. Thus ended the career of one of the most notable Indian chiefs in the southwest.
Byrne, born in Ireland about 1842, was buried near Fort Quitman but later reinterred in Fort Worth.
HM NumberHM15A9
Marker Number5367_MARKER_
Year Placed1973
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:25pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 465947 N 3449009
Decimal Degrees31.17461667, -105.35735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 10.477', W 105° 21.441'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 10' 28.62" N, 105° 21' 26.46" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 316 El Paso St, Sierra Blanca TX 79851, US
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