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Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort Blair Breastworks

 
 
Fort Blair Breastworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
1. Fort Blair Breastworks Marker
Inscription.
The breastworks that enclosed Ft. Blair measured 80 feet by 100 feet. A trench, called a rifle pit, encircled the breastworks on the inside. The dirt that was extracted to create the rifle pits was then piled outside the walls to provide a protective berm. The rifle pits are indicated here by the rocks and timbers. Near this spot, Lt. Pond fired the camp's only cannon, a small 12 pound mountain howitzer. The three volleys he fired at the invading guerillas forced them into flight to the prairie to the north.

Tents to house the enlisted men encircled the encampment just inside the rifle pit trench. A corridor was left down the center of the encampment.
 
Erected by Baxter Springs Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 1.782′ N, 94° 44.038′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on 6th Street near Military Avenue (U.S. 69), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Fort Blair Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Blair Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); John Baxter (a few steps from this marker); Fort Blair West Breastworks
Fort Blair Breastworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
2. Fort Blair Breastworks Marker
Looking east toward East Avenue.
(a few steps from this marker); Baxter Springs Massacre Burial Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Baxter Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle For Fort Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry at Fort Blair (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Blair. (Submitted on November 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of Fort Blair. (Submitted on November 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on November 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Fort Blair HIstoric Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
3. Fort Blair HIstoric Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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