Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense

Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (HM26J0)

Location: Menard, TX 76859 Menard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 54.94', W 99° 47.042'

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Fort McKavett

Located 21 miles west. Upon secession Confederate cavalry occupied this post to give protection against Indians. Early in 1862 this fort confined group of Union troops from surrendered U.S. forts who were seeking to leave the state at start of Civil War. Permanent personnel left the post in April, 1862 when the Frontier Defense Line was pulled back more than 60 miles east. However, scouting parties and patrols used the fort intermittently in aggressive warfare to keep Indians near their camps and away from settlements and to check on invasion by Union forces. Usually supplying their own mounts, guns and sustenance, these men guarded the frontier until war's end.

Texas Civil War Frontier Defense

Texas had 2000 miles of coastline and frontier to defend from Union attack, Indian raids, marauders. Defense lines were set to give maximum protection with the few men left in the state. One line stretched from El Paso to Brownsville. Another had posts set a day's horseback ride apart from Red River to the Rio Grande. Fort McKavett and other U.S. forts used by scouting parties lay in a line between. Behind these lines and to the east organized militia, citizens posses from nearby settlements backed the Confederate and state troops to curb Indian raids.


memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy
HM NumberHM26J0
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState of Texas
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 425084 N 3420519
Decimal Degrees30.91566667, -99.78403333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 54.94', W 99° 47.042'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 54' 56.4" N, 99° 47' 2.5200000000001" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 136-218 Gay St, Menard TX 76859, US
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