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

Fort Blair

Civil War Tour

 
 
Fort Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
1. Fort Blair Marker
Inscription.  
Fort Blair, constructed as a garrison for soldiers guarding the Military Road, was attacked by rebel forces of William Quantrill on Oct. 6, 1863.

Although greatly outnumbered, Lt. James Pond and men from the 3rd Wisc. Cav. and Kans. 2nd Colored Inf. defended the fort with little loss of life.
 
Erected by City of Baxter Springs. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kansas, Baxter Springs Civil War Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 37° 1.773′ N, 94° 44.021′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on East Avenue near 6th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is along the east boundary of Fort Blair Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 East Avenue, Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Blair Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Blair Breastworks (within
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shouting distance of this marker); Fort Blair West Breastworks (within shouting distance of this marker); John Baxter (within shouting distance of this marker); Baxter Springs Massacre Burial Site (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Blair, Kansas & the Baxter Springs Massacre. Legends of America website entry (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Battle of Baxter Springs. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Baxter Springs Heritage Site and Museum. American Battlefield Trust website entry (Submitted on October 9, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Fort Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
2. Fort Blair Marker
Replica blockhouse in background. Looking WNW.
Fort Blair HIstoric Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Fort Blair HIstoric Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2024. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on November 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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