Captain Shackelford’s Company
Alabama Red Rovers
Fort Defiance Garrison – 1836
Presidio LaBahia – Goliad, Texas
22 February 2014
Colonel James Walker Fannin took command of the old Spanish fort of Presidio LaBahia and garrisoned his two battalions of Texians Volunteers there in February and March of 1836, Fannin renamed the fort, Fort Defiance. Fannin’s demise would occur when he left Fort Defiance and surrendered after the battle of Coleto Creek, when his men were brought back to the fort they had abandoned whom the victors had converted to a holding cell until the actions of Palm Sunday 1836, when Fannin’s Texian volunteers were taken from the fort and massacred in the surrounding fields of the fort.
Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers is sponsoring an event recreating the interim time of Colonel Fannin at his “Fort Defiance” on February 22, 2014. All participants will need to be affiliated with a company, there will be no independents. Company commanders will be expected to police and regulate authenticity of their own companies. This event is geared to represent life of these Texians, doing military duties, fatigue duties, posting of guards and sentries and all things proper of a Garrison of this period during the Texas War of Independence. The different Volunteer Companies will be camping is designated area based on the Chadwick Map of the Garrison. Unless you are staff, please plan to bring a tent and camp in the quadrangle. Do to the historical date of the event there will be special festivities honoring General Washington’s Birthday. All meals will be furnished for the duration of the event, with this there is Pre-Registration and a Registration Fee of $15.00, once on-site there will be Registration and release forms to be signed.
The Volunteer Companies that were in Garrison in February 1836 were:
- Duval’s Company, Kentucky Mustangs
- Wadsworth’s Company, First Company
- Winn’s Company, Third Company
- Ticknor’s Company, Alabama Greys
- Bullock’s Company, Second Company
- Shackelford’s Company, the “Red Rovers,”
- Bradford’s Company, Huntsville Volunteers
- Guerra’s Company, A small company of Mexican artillery
- Burke’s Company, Mobile Greys
- Thornton’s Regulars
- Madame Garcia’s ladies
If you interested in portraying one of these units, please contact William Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Vickers (email@example.com). Some units have already been designated.
PDF Form: Fort Defiance Registration Form 2014
by William V. Scott
This Saturday, November 30th, join us at Fort Martin Scott in Fredericksburg for “Frontier Days”. This is a Living History day in the life of the Fort as it would have been in 1850, complete with Normal Military, Paramilitary and Civilian Activities. The scenario is that ‘the Fort is in the midst of construction and a treaty expedition with the Indians is being assembled at the Fort. The Dragoons (mounted infantrymen) and a company of Texas Rangers are to accompany Indian Agent, Judge John H. Rollins to the council grounds on the San Saba River’. Visitors are encouraged to visit the various Fort buildings and tents, which will be occupied by Soldiers, Rangers and Civilians going about their daily lives. All of the living history interpreters will visit with you as their various duties permit. A full day Re-Enactments, Pioneer Crafts, Period Dress, Chuck Wagon Cooking, Native Americans, Old West Shootouts, Western Authors, Musicians and Storytellers.
This is the first of four annual events scheduled at the Fort to be presented by the City of Fredericksburg, the Fort Martin Scott Committee and the Fort Martin Scott Friends. I’ve attached some promotional material for your perusal and some information on membership, as well. We certainly hope you can join us this Saturday, the weather’s going to be beautiful and FREE ADMISSION TO ALL!
Duke Davis, Executive Director
Fort Martin Scott Friends
1406 E. Main, Suite 200
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
by William V. Scott