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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 image. 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. (Marker Number 10039.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
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. Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. Officers Row (within shouting distance
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
2. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker
of this marker); Commanding the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Comanche Indians (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town and the Fort (about 400 feet away); The Barracks (about 500 feet away); Uncovering the Past (about 600 feet away); Peace with the Indians (about 700 feet away); The Sutler's Store (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Martin Scott
 
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.
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By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
3. Site of Fort Martin Scott
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.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker image. 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.
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker (<i>after Fort Martin Scott restoration</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2018
5. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker (after Fort Martin Scott restoration)
Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker (<i>wide view; after Fort Martin Scott restoration</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2018
6. Site of Fort Martin Scott Marker (wide view; after Fort Martin Scott restoration)
Fort's Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 14, 2008
7. Fort's Guardhouse
The only surviving original building left.
Guardhouse diagram image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 14, 2008
8. 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.
Fort Martin Scott Entrance (<i>after fort restoration</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2018
9. Fort Martin Scott Entrance (after fort restoration)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,771 times since then and 121 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 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 June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8. submitted on September 27, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   9. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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