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Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Manhassett

(7.5 Miles West)

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
1. Fort Manhassett Marker
Inscription. To protect Texas against Federal invasion during the Civil War, Confederate General John B. Magruder ordered the construction of a fort on September 4, 1863, four days before the famous Confederate victory won by Dick Dowling and his small company against Union ships and gunboats at Sabine Pass. After the Federal retreat, the Confederate coastal defense program continued, since Federal blockading vessels still patrolled Gulf waters and the threat of more invasions was feared.

A storm on September 28 and 29, 1863, drove ashore a Federal ship, the "Mannahassett" which was carrying 300 tons of coal. Confederate troops seized the ship along with its cargo.

Col. Valery Sulakowski, formerly of the Austrian Army, designed Fort Manhassett, whose name evidently was adapted from that of the captured ship. Major Getulius Kellersberger, a Swiss-born engineer who had settled in America some years earlier, oversaw the construction. By October 1863, five companies garrisoned the five redoubts of the new fort and manned its ten cannon. Fort Manhassett soldiers participated in the capture of two Union ironclad ships at Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana on May 6, 1864.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10526.)
 
Location. 29° 
Fort Manhassett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
2. Fort Manhassett Marker
Markers visible from left to right: World War II Coastal Defenses at Sabine Pass, Fort Manhassett, Spanish-American War Fortifications
43.999′ N, 93° 52.47′ W. Marker is in Sabine Pass, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Dick Dowling Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6100 Dick Dowling Road, Sabine Pass TX 77655, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II Coastal Defenses at Sabine Pass (here, next to this marker); Spanish-American War Fortifications (here, next to this marker); United States Forces at the Battle of Sabine Pass (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Fatalities at the Battle of Sabine Pass (about 300 feet away); Capture of the USS Morning Light and USS Velocity (about 400 feet away); Site of Fort Griffin (about 500 feet away); Richard Dowling (about 500 feet away); Union Casualties at the Battle of Sabine Pass (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabine Pass.
 
More about this marker. Marker is dual dated 1991 and 1996. I assume this means it was either refurbished or relocated to this site in 1996.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Manhassett - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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