Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
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 between. Behind these lines and to the east organized militia, citizens posses from nearby settlements backed the Confederate and state troops to curb Indian raids.
Erected 1964 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 1998.)
Location. 30° 54.94′ N, 99° 47.042′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker can be reached from Gay Street south of Canal Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located 100 feet northwest of the Menard County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Menard County Memorial of Those Who Died (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Western Trail (about 400 feet away); Oliver Prince Smith (about 400 feet away); Menard County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Menard, Texas / The Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission (about 600 feet away); The Lafora Map / An Apache Encampment (about 700 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.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.