Canton: Battle of Neches, Cherokee Chief Bowles Historical Marker

A lone granite memorial now marks the land where the tragic Battle of Neches occurred in 1839, in which Texas militia killed more than 100 Native American warriors. Among the dead was the Chief Duwali Bowles, the 83-year old leader of the Cherokee.

A century after the battle, the state of Texas erected the monument to commemorate the event. Every year, on the Saturday closest to July 16, the American Indian Cultural Society holds a memorial ceremony to remember the battle.

Battle of Neches, Cherokee Chief Bowles Historical Marker

  • Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset
  • From Canton, take SH 64 about 19 mi SE to CR 4923, follow signs N about 2.5 mi to marker
  • This site is considered sacred by many American Indian people.  Please be respectful during services and ceremonies.