Join us on March 9th at 2 pm in the Fort Griffin State Historic Site museum to learn about recent findings of archeological work conducted on the original site of the Battle of Blanco Canyon. We are thrilled to have Todd Smith, chief investigator of the Blanco Canyon battle site, share his insights on this important archeological location.

The Battle of Blanco Canyon was the decisive battle of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's initial campaign against the Comanche in West Texas, which took place near the Fresh Water and Salt Water Forks of the Brazos on October 10, 1871. The battle began around midnight when Quanah Parker led a small Comanche force into Mackenzie's cavalry camp, driving off about 70 horses and mules. Lt. Robert Goldthwaite Carter would earn the Medal of Honor from actions he took during the battle. Only one man was lost in the battle, but Mackenzie later regarded the entire expedition unsuccessful. However, the knowledge he gained from the expedition would prove valuable in subsequent engagements with Comanche during the Red River War of 1874.

Be sure to reserve a seat for this event! Comfortable seating and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, feel free to contact Eric Abercrombie at erica@thc.texas.gov.

Don't forget to arrive a few minutes early for check-in before attending. We look forward to seeing you there and making this an informative event!