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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort San Jacinto

 
 
Fort San Jacinto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 1, 2014
1. Fort San Jacinto Marker
Inscription. The northeastern tip of Galveston Island has seen defense fortifications since the early 1800's. Crude Spanish and French forts (1816-1818) gave way to small sand forts and batteries constructed by the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1844. In 1863 the Confederate Army built sandbag breastworks and an earthen battery named Fort Point. All traces of these early fortifications were destroyed by the strong winds and tides which regularly reshaped the sandy tip of the island. A more substantial fortification call Fort San Jacinto was built here by the U.S. Army in 1897. After the fort was destroyed in the 1900 storm, the Galveston seawall was extended northward in 1921 to protect the area. The fort was rebuilt and new gun emplacements were added for the defense of Galveston during World War II. The round, concrete base of one of these 90-mm gun emplacements remains here today. For San Jacinto was decommissioned in 1959.
 
Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District.
 
Location. 29° 20.106′ N, 94° 45.155′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Seawall Boulevard and Boddecker Drive, on the left when traveling east on Seawall Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
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Fort San Jacinto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 1, 2014
2. Fort San Jacinto Marker
View of marker looking out over Galveston Bay. Notice Port Bolivar lighthouse visible across bay.
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galveston Island (approx. 1.3 miles away); Galveston, C. S. A. (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fort Travis (approx. 2 miles away); Galveston Medical College (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. 2.3 miles away); "Old Red" (approx. 2.3 miles away); Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bolivar Point (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, Texas IndependenceWar, US CivilWar, World I
 
Fort San Jacinto Informational Sign image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 1, 2014
3. Fort San Jacinto Informational Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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