Revolutionary War Battlefield and Burial Ground at Spanish Fort (1780-1781)

Revolutionary War Battlefield and Burial Ground at Spanish Fort (1780-1781) (HM15R4)

Location: Spanish Fort, AL 36527 Baldwin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 39.537', W 87° 54.708'

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During the Revolutionary War, France, Spain, Britain, and the United States were interested in the fate of this region. In March 1780, Spanish forces captured Mobile. They established a palisaded fort with trenches (one mile north of here) to protect nearby Frenchtown, also known as The Village from British forces based in Pensacola. Early on the foggy Sunday morning of 7 January 1781, the British, under Col. von Hanxleden, attacked with about 200 German, Swiss, English, loyalist American troops and some 200 to 500 Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek Indians. The Spanish garrison, under Lt. Castro, included 190 Spanish, Irish, French, Cuban troops and units of New Orleans militia. Both sides suffered heavy losses, but the Spanish retained the fort. This facilitated the Spanish capture of Pensacola in May 1781 and the expulsion of the British from the Gulf Coast.
HM NumberHM15R4
Placed BySons of the Revolution in the State of Alabama
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 412644 N 3392160
Decimal Degrees30.65895000, -87.91180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 39.537', W 87° 54.708'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 39' 32.22" N, 87° 54' 42.48" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7646-7752 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr, Spanish Fort AL 36527, US
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