Visitors urged to ‘Join Up’ as 1850 soldiers on Saturday
As part of its Fort Martin Scott Treaty Day living-history event Saturday, Nov. 10, the fort has issued a special Commemorative Call for Troops, seeking civilians to ‘join up’ and be an 1850 soldier for a day.
Participants will learn the basics of 1848-1850 military operations, the beginning period of this first fort on the Western frontier at the time.
Visitors will join re-enactors in drills. No skills or special attire are required.
Treaty Day starts at 10 a.m., and the call for troops is at 2 p.m. on the parade grounds at the fort, 1606 E. Main St., next to the Texas Rangers Heritage Center.
“Many area residents know of the Meusebach Treaty of 1847 between the German settlers and the Peneteka Comanche tribe,” said a spokesman for the event, “but, there was another major treaty, the Fort Martin Scott Treaty of 1850.”
While the Meusebach Treaty focused on peace for the settlement here, pioneers still were encountering hostile Native American tribes as they pushed westward in increasing numbers.
Fort Martin Scott was the first installation built to provide protection for those settlers. Negotiations to help solve the Indian unrest began, culminating in the Fort Martin Scott Treaty forged in late 1850 between numerous tribes and the U.S. government.
On Saturday, re-enactors portraying Native Americans, Indian scouts and interpreters, Texas Rangers and the U.S. military will tell the story of the treaty.
The living-history event ends at 3:30 p.m.
In the evening, the public is invited to a Hunters Night Out fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the fort.
The event will offer prize drawings and an evening campfire party with barbecue, refreshments and live music under the stars.
Prizes include a deluxe turkey hunt with two nights’ accommodations in a historic cabin, two hunting rifles with scopes, a Stihl gas chainsaw, spa packages and more.
Country music entertainer Duke Davis will provide live music.
The annual fundraising event by Fort Martin Scott Friends supports living-history programs at the fort.
Admission for the day’s events at the fort is by donation.
For information, visit www.ftmartinscott.org or call (830) 304-1848