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Fort Brown, Brownsville

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Fort Brown was a military post of the United States Army in Cameron County, Texas during the later half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century.
In 1846, under orders from Zachary Taylor, Captain Joseph K. Mansfield built a star-shaped earthwork for 800 men called "Fort Texas" on the northern side of the Rio Grande, "by the order from General Taylor to command the city of Matamoros".
The next year, the fort was besieged during the opening of the Mexican–American War. During the Siege of Fort Texas, two Americans were killed, including Major Jacob Brown. In honor of the fallen major, General Zachary Taylor renamed the post as Fort Brown. In 1849, the city of Brownsville, Texas, was established not far from the fort's grounds, after the United States had acquired Texas following the war.
Major Samuel P. Heintzelman, while in command at the fort, coordinated with John Salmon Ford in the Cortina Troubles, culminating in the Battle of Rio Grande City in 1859.
In 1861 Confederate Col. John "Rip" Ford occupied the fort until 1863. The Confederate forces were finally driven out by Union forces under General Nathaniel P. Banks, who camped in tents erected at the fort site. This Union occupation ended in 1864, when Confederate forces under General James E. Slaughter and Colonel Ford took control of the area. They held the post until the end of the war, when it was occupied again by Union forces under General Egbert Brown.
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  • Well preserved historical buildings on beautiful grounds. A few more sitting benches would be appreciated. Where to go isn’t marked. We accidentally found the buildings. Happy we went, found the build...  more »
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  • Ducks everywhere and they were aggressive. Rooms were not clean. Hot tub finally got fixed. All in all if you are not looking for a 5 star its doable.
  • Old but clean the staff is great. Could use some updating but very comfortable.

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