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Fort Magruder, C.S.A

 
 
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By Richard Denney, October 6, 2013
1. Fort Magruder, C.S.A Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, Fort Magruder was built near here west of Congress Avenue. Named for Gen. John Bankhead Magruder, commander of Texas Confederate forces, it was one of three forts planned to protect Austin from a possible Union attack from the coast. In the winter of 1863-64, Maj. Julius Kellersberg supervised building of the L-shaped earthen fort. Due to wartime manpower shortages, citizens provided slaves to construct the fort. Large enough for 200 soldiers, the fort was sited along what was then the San Antonio Road. Other forts were planned for the Houston Road and College Hill. In early 1864, Union forces attacked Texas from the Red River area of Louisiana, and Fort Magruder was abandoned.
 
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13159.)
 
Location. 30° 13.511′ N, 97° 45.756′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of South Congress Avenue and Krebs Lane, on the right when traveling north on South Congress Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3903 S Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Edward’s University Main Building (approx.
Fort Magruder, C.S.A Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 6, 2013
2. Fort Magruder, C.S.A Marker
0.6 miles away); Approximate Site Reached By the Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre Expedition (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Original Skyline Club Sign (approx. ¾ mile away); Doyle Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Walter Tips House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Green Pastures (approx. 1.4 miles away); Reuter House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Walter and Mae Simms House (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Magruder, C.S.A Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 6, 2013
3. Fort Magruder, C.S.A Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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