Fort Blair Breastworks

Fort Blair Breastworks (HMP5D)

Location: Baxter Springs, KS 66713 Cherokee County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 1.782', W 94° 44.038'

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The breastworks that enclosed Ft. Blair measured 80 feet by 100 feet. A trench, called a rifle pit, encircled the breastworks on the inside. The dirt that was extracted to create the rifle pits was then piled outside the walls to provide a protective berm. The rifle pits are indicated here by the rocks and timbers. Near this spot, Lt. Pond fired the camp's only cannon, a small 12 pound mountain howitzer. The three volleys he fired at the invading guerillas forced them into flight to the prairie to the north.

Tents to house the enlisted men encircled the encampment just inside the rifle pit trench. A corridor was left down the center of the encampment.
HM NumberHMP5D
Placed ByBaxter Springs Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 345771 N 4099572
Decimal Degrees37.02970000, -94.73396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.782', W 94° 44.038'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 46.92" N, 94° 44' 2.28" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 E 6th St, Baxter Springs KS 66713, US
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