Captain Henry Skillman

Captain Henry Skillman (HM15CU)

Location: Presidio, TX 79845 Presidio County
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N 29° 33.647', W 104° 22.465'

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Born in Kentucky. Came to Texas before 1846. Was a U. S. Army scout in Mexican War. Established the first mail service from San Antonio to El Paso in 1851.
Drove first Butterfield Overland mail coach in 1858 through dangerous Comanche Indian territory from Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos to El Paso. "Skimming" mule teams never driven before, made the drive in 4 days without rest or relief. His 6-foot frame in buckskins decorated with revolvers and Bowie knives, and his sandy hair and beard flowing to his waist.
A Confederate scout in the Civil War. After July 1862, when Federals seized El Paso and the Davis Mountains (to make the longest enemy occupation in Texas). Liaison and courier to Confederate refugee colony in Juarez knowing country and people well, moved without fear of the Federals. Spread false rumors of Confederates massed in remote deserts, to send enemy troops on fruitless, exhausting chases. Most dreaded scout known to the occupation.
Singled out by the Union commander, was hunted by force commissioned to take him alive. Was killed resisting capture by Federal Troops in camp at Spencer's Ranch near here on April 3, 1864.
HM NumberHM15CU
Marker Number716
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 560600 N 3270281
Decimal Degrees29.56078333, -104.37441667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 33.647', W 104° 22.465'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 33' 38.82" N, 104° 22' 27.90" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 525 O Reilly St, Presidio TX 79845, US
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