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Mt. Vernon in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mt. Vernon Federal Highway

 
 
Mt. Vernon Federal Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 4, 2013
1. Mt. Vernon Federal Highway Marker
Inscription. In 1811, the Mount Vernon Cantonment, located on a hill about three miles west of the Mobile River, was laid out by Col. Thomas H. Cushing. The cantonment was on the site of a spring called Mount Vernon Springs. In 1814, the garrison at Mt. Vernon was visited by Andrew Jackson. Construction of the Old Federal Road from Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, Alabama began in 1818. 1828, President Andrew Jackson authorized for Mt. Vernon to become a military arsenal. By 1830 the construction of a wall ten feet high and two feet thick began to encompass the arsenal. In 1861 Captain Jesse Reno surrendered Mt. Vernon arsenal to four Confederate companies from Mobile. In 1866, the arsenal was returned to the Federal Government. In 1870, Mt. Vernon post ceased to be an arsenal. In 1873, Secretary of War William Belknap recommended the arsenal property become Mt. Vernon Barracks. In 1887, 450 Apaches came to Mt. Vernon from Fort Pickens, Florida. Among them were Indian Chiefs Geronimo, Chihuahua, and Natchez (Son of Cochise). In 1895, Mt. Vernon barracks was given to the State of Alabama.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Mt. Vernon.
 
Location. 31° 5.132′ N, 88° 0.995′ W. Marker is in Mt. Vernon
Current Highway Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 4, 2103
2. Current Highway Sign
, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Highway 43 and Military Road (County Road 96), on the left when traveling south on Old Highway 43. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 Old Military Road, Mount Vernon AL 36560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Stoddert (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Vernon Arsenal and Barracks/Searcy Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Ellicott's Stone (approx. 6.2 miles away); Site of Old Mobile (approx. 8.9 miles away); Historic Stockton / Old Schoolyard Park (approx. 11.1 miles away); Stockton Presbyterian Church (approx. 11.2 miles away); Bartram’s Trail (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Mound Line (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mt. Vernon.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Mt. Vernon Federal Highway in Distance image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 4, 2103
3. Mt. Vernon Federal Highway in Distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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