Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Fort McKavett C.S.A.
Located 21 miles west. Upon secession Confederate cavalry occupied this post to give protection against Indians. Early in 1862 this fort confined group of Union troops from surrendered U.S. forts who were seeking to leave the state at start of Civil War. Permanent personnel left the post in April, 1862 when the Frontier Defense Line was pulled back more than 60 miles east. However, scouting parties and patrols used the fort intermittently in aggressive warfare to keep Indians near their camps and away from settlements and to check on invasion by Union forces. Usually supplying their own mounts, guns and sustenance, these men guarded the frontier until war’s end.
Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Texas had 2000 miles of coastline and frontier to defend from Union attack, Indian raids, marauders. Defense lines were set to give maximum protection with the few men left in the state. One line stretched from El Paso to Brownsville. Another had posts set a day’s horseback ride apart from Red River to the Rio Grande. Fort McKavett and other U.S. forts used by scouting parties lay in a line
A memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy
Erected 1964 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 1998.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 30° 54.999′ N, 99° 47.026′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Saba Avenue (Farm to Market Road 2092) and Gay Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Menard County Memorial of Those Who Died (here, next to this marker); Great Western Trail (a few steps from this marker); Oliver Prince Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Menard County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Menard (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission (about 600 feet away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 600 Welcome to Menard, Texas / The Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menard.
Also see . . . The Post on the San Saba. An article on Fort McKavett from "Texas Beyond History" website. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on March 19, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. 4, 5. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.