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Fort Martin Scott, Fredericksburg

Fort Martin Scott is a restored United States Army outpost near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, United States, that was active from December 5, 1848 until April, 1853. It was part of a line of frontier forts established to protect travelers and settlers within Texas.
A line of seven army posts were established in 1848-49 after the Mexican War to protect the settlers of West Texas and included Fort Worth, Fort Graham, Fort Gates, Fort Croghan, Fort Martin Scott, Fort Lincoln and Fort Duncan.
The fort was originally established as Camp Houston on December 5, 1848, and quartered Companies D and H, First United States Infantry. It was located two miles (3 km) southeast of Fredericksburg on Baron's Creek and eventually consisted of a complex of twenty-one buildings. The soldiers patrolled the Fredericksburg-San Antonio road and surrounding area. One mission of the outpost was to protect settlers from Indian depredations.
The Eighth Military Department renamed the camp in December 1849 for Major Martin Scott, who was killed at the Battle of Molino del Rey in the Mexican War in 1847. The forces stationed at the fort began alternating between a company of infantry and one of dragoons. As the settlers pushed farther west, Fort Martin Scott lost its strategic significance. In 1853, Army inspectors recommended that the fort be closed. The Eighth Military Department ordered that Fort Martin Scott close in December 1853.
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  • You might not notice Ft. Martin Scott as you drive past while entering Fredericksburg,TX. But stopping in is worth your time. It is the only fort that made peace with the fearsome Commanche & Lipan Ap...  more »
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  • Very impressed with the fort. There were people dressed in period costumes that were very informative. They even shot off cannons! There were a number of buildings still standing to tour. It was a great spot to visit if you enjoy learning about our history
  • Loved the hardy construction of the last standing original building. This place made it easy to imagine the daily hardship of the frontier days. Wonderfully helpful volunteers and staff. Very knowledgeable about the site and local history.

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