In late 1863 the threat of invasion in south Texas seemed imminent and Federal troops were stationed on Matagorda Peninsula . On occasion, they would make raids on the mainland for forage and cattle. Cavalry troops were stationed along the coast to watch and report Union movements. One such camp was established in late January 1864 somewhere along the Lavaca River. Likens' 35th Tx Cavalry was here for about 3 months until they were transferred to Louisiana. It's likely another unit moved into the camp to continue its vigil of the bluecoats on Matagorda. I suspect the camp may have been in the same area as Camp Independence. I'm looking for a county historian who may pin point the exact location of the camp and any records that may exist.