Fort Sam Houston officially named

September 11th, 1890

On this day in 1890, the United States War Department designated "the military post at San Antonio" as Fort Sam Houston in honor of Gen. Sam Houston. Originally established in 1845, the "Post of San Antonio" started land acquisition and construction in the 1870s, becoming the second largest in the United States Army by 1891. Fort Sam Houston has played a prominent role in the annals of military history. The First United States Volunteer Cavalry, better known as Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders," mobilized in San Antonio and received their equipment from Fort Sam Houston's depot. In 1910 the army's only airplane came to Fort Sam Houston, and its flight there marked the birth of military aviation. Fort Sam Houston was even involved in the filming of several motion pictures, including Wings (1927). The post played a critical role in training and deployment throughout World War I and World War II, and Fort Sam Houston alumni make up an impressive roster of top commanders, including Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger and Brig. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Fort Sam Houston officially named

September 11th, 1890

On this day in 1890, the United States War Department designated "the military post at San Antonio" as Fort Sam Houston in honor of Gen. Sam Houston. Originally established in 1845, the "Post of San Antonio" started land acquisition and construction in the 1870s, becoming the second largest in the United States Army by 1891. Fort Sam Houston has played a prominent role in the annals of military history. The First United States Volunteer Cavalry, better known as Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders," mobilized in San Antonio and received their equipment from Fort Sam Houston's depot. In 1910 the army's only airplane came to Fort Sam Houston, and its flight there marked the birth of military aviation. Fort Sam Houston was even involved in the filming of several motion pictures, including Wings (1927). The post played a critical role in training and deployment throughout World War I and World War II, and Fort Sam Houston alumni make up an impressive roster of top commanders, including Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger and Brig. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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