Family Forts, C.S.A.

Family Forts, C.S.A. (HM1RHQ)

Location: Albany, TX 76430 Shackelford County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 55.54', W 99° 13.112'

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(Front Side)
Few in numbers and with little protection from the military but refusing to abandon their country, certain families of courageous and determined people on the Texas frontier during the Civil War gathered together in hastily constructed stockades and held out against the threats of hostile Indians and renegade whites ▲ Known as "forting up", this plan was encouraged by the military for this part of the State. Most of the men 18 to 45 were away in Confederate service and those 17 and over 45 were subject to periodic militia duty for frontier protection. Family forts gave settlers way to protect stock, farms and provide some schooling for their children ▲

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Best-known family fort in this sector was Fort Davis, located 8 miles east on bank Clear Fork of Brazos in Stephens County, where some 120 people lived during last year of Civil War. Named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis, it was laid off in lots. Log houses with dirt roofs, mud in cracks, dirt floors, were connected by pickets driven into ground. A blockhouse was used by women and children during raids. There were no luxuries, little food, all clothes, soap, soda, candles were made. Nearest supplies were 100 miles away, doctor 65 miles. Yet, there were dances, candy pulls, weddings, "feasts", Sunday school, occasional sermons and blue-backed spellers ▲ Other family forts near were Lynch and Green ranches, Shackelford County; Blair's Fort, Allen's Ranch, Eastland County; Buffalo Springs, Clay County; Picketville, Mugginsville, Owl's Head, Stephens County.
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Details
HM NumberHM1RHQ
Marker Number1565
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState of Texas
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 479568 N 3643067
Decimal Degrees32.92566667, -99.21853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 55.54', W 99° 13.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 55' 32.4" N, 99° 13' 6.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Park Rd 54, Albany TX 76430, US
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