Fort Manhassett

Fort Manhassett (HM28IN)

Location: Port Arthur, TX 77655 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 43.999', W 93° 52.47'

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To protect Texas against Federal invasion during the Civil War, Confederate General John B. Magruder ordered the construction of a fort on September 4, 1863, four days before the famous Confederate victory won by Dick Dowling and his small company against Union ships and gunboats at Sabine Pass. After the Federal retreat, the Confederate coastal defense program continued, since Federal blockading vessels still patrolled Gulf waters and the threat of more invasions was feared.
A storm on September 28 and 29, 1863, drove ashore a Federal ship, the "Mannahassett" which was carrying 300 tons of coal. Confederate troops seized the ship along with its cargo.
Col. Valery Sulakowski, formerly of the Austrian Army, designed Fort Manhassett, whose name evidently was adapted from that of the captured ship. Major Getulius Kellersberger, a Swiss-born engineer who had settled in America some years earlier, oversaw the construction. By October 1863, five companies garrisoned the five redoubts of the new fort and manned its ten cannon. Fort Manhassett soldiers participated in the capture of two Union ironclad ships at Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana on May 6, 1864.
HM NumberHM28IN
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 415430 N 3289555
Decimal Degrees29.73331667, -93.87450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 43.999', W 93° 52.47'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 43' 59.94" N, 93° 52' 28.2" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Dick Dowling Rd, Port Arthur TX 77655, US
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