Major Ben Ficklin, C.S.A.

Major Ben Ficklin, C.S.A. (HM26PL)

Location: San Angelo, TX 76904 Tom Green County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 24.309', W 100° 26.369'

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(1827 - 1871)

Called Mystery Man of the Confederacy. Educated at Virginia Military Institute. At age 18 served as corporal in Mexican War. In 1850's worked with stagecoach and mail lines from Missouri to San Francisco. Helped to start the Pony Express line in 1860. Promoted idea of the railroad that later was the Union Pacific — the first to span the U.S.

Was a soldier and State quartermaster in Virginia at start of Civil War. Appointed Confederate purchasing agent, his swagger and success in Europe excited Federal envy. Personally ran blockade and passed through New York and Washington on secret missions.

In 1867 was awarded U.S. contract for weekly mail run from Fort Smith, Ark., to San Antonio and El Paso. Had his operational headquarters 3 miles below Fort Concho. Owned 640 acres of land here. Built corrals, blacksmith shop, storage rooms, adobe house, kitchen and commissary. On a visit to Washington, died of swallowing fish bone. Was buried in Charlottesville, Va. Associates carried on the mail stage runs. Later named town near Fort Concho for the late major.

"Benficklin" was first county seat of Tom Green, serving until it was destroyed by flood in 1882.
HM NumberHM26PL
Year Placed1965
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 363156 N 3475400
Decimal Degrees31.40515000, -100.43948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 24.309', W 100° 26.369'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 24' 18.54" N, 100° 26' 22.14" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near S Bryant Blvd Frontage, San Angelo TX 76904, US
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