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Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Fort Martin Scott
 
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
1. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker
 
Inscription.
Established by the United States Army
December 5, 1848
as a protection to travelers and
settlers against Indian attack.
Named in honor of Major Martin Scott,
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel,
5th United States Infantry,
killed at Molino del Rey,
September 8, 1847.
Its garrison participated in many
Indian skirmishes.
Occupied intermittently after 1852,
held by the Confederates, 1861-1865,
permanently abandoned in December, 1866.

Erected by the State of Texas
1936

 
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas.
 
Location. 30° 14.999′ N, 98° 50.85′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from East Main Street (U.S. 290) south of Industial Loop. Click for map. Marker is east of the highway at the entrance to the Gillespie County Fort Martin Scott Park/Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1606 East Main Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Walch Home (approx. 1.9 miles away); Nimitz Hotel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fairwater of USS Pintado (SS-387) (approx. 2 miles away); Domino Parlor (approx. 2.1 miles away); Otfrid Hans Freiherr von Meusebach (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vereins Kirche (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lasting Friendship (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bethany Lutheran Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
2. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Martin Scott. ... During the Civil War the fort had no strategic position. Except as a possible site of a Confederate mustering station to serve notice against the populace of Gillespie County who had voted against secession, the Confederate Army did not occupy Fort Martin Scott. In September 1866 Gen. Philip H. Sheridan ordered elements of the Fourth United States Cavalry to Fort Martin Scott to secure the frontier once again from possible Indian depredations. By the end of 1866 the fort was finally abandoned by military units. ... (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Fort Martin Scott. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. U.S. National Register of Historic Places, 1980; Gillespie County Historical Society.
 
Site of Fort Martin Scott Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
3. Site of Fort Martin Scott
 
 
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Zacharias Beau T, July 21, 2011
4. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker
This is one of no less than 2,000 historical markers in Texas that recollect 1861-1865. The Texas Confederate marker trail is thousands of miles through beautiful country like Ozona in Gillespie County.
 
 
Fort's Guardhouse Photo, Click for full size
By Steve Gustafson, June 14, 2008
5. Fort's Guardhouse
The only surviving original building left.
 
 
Guardhouse diagram Photo, Click for full size
By Steve Gustafson, June 14, 2008
6. Guardhouse diagram
You are looking at the only original structure, which has survived from the fort's original days to the present. This was the fort guardhouse. The first room to your left was where the Officer of The Day worked. The middle room was a rest area for guads and the far door let to the actual lockup cells. Discipline was harsh on these frontier forts and hard labor with a ball and chain was common. Later the Braeutigam family remodeled this structure and they used this as their home for over 80 years.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 744 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 23, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas.   5, 6. submitted on September 27, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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