The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 27
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The Old Fort at Anahuac.
little sloop "Ohio" and its heroic crew had done their work effec-
tually; the fort was never again to know the tread of a Mexican
garrison, nor its prison doors to close upon another political pris-
Guided by the old letters to which attention has been invited, I
have been able to obtain authentic data in regard to this old Texas
The Wilcox mentioned in the letter of Travis to Andrew Bris-
coe was Capt. Chas. Wilcox, who settled at Anahuac in 1831, was
present when the corner stone of the fort was laid, and lived there
continuously up to the time of his death. From -one of his sons,
Geo. E. Wilcox, resident at Temple, the following description of
the old fort was obtained:
"My earliest recollection of the *Mexican fort at Anahuac is after
the walls had been torn down to a level with the top of the hill
or bank of the bay shore on which it was built.
"The fort was about 30x40 feet in the clear, built with the west-
ern side fronting and immediately on the bank. The bank had
been excavated for a distance of ten feet, with the side next to the
bay entirely open. This opening was closed up with heavy walls
of brick, and lighter brick walls were built around the other three
sides, and from the rear or eastern side of the fort there were two
passage ways underground, leading back to a large magazine some
forty yards back on the hill, under the surface, which passage
could be used as an exit from the fort.
"On the exposed part of the fort there was a brick wall about
four feet thick. In the corner stone, among other things, there is
a Mexican dollar. My father saw the corner stone laid. * * *
There were only two cannon in the fort; they were about six-pound
iron guns. One of them can be seen at Anahuac today."
Unfortunately, the rumor that money was buried in or near the
fort has caused the ground to be dug up by treasure hunters, and
in this way its otherwise clear outlines have been defaced.
A Confederate fort, called Fort Chambers, was built during the
Civil War about half way between the Mexican fort and Anahuac,
opposite Brown's Flats. Two cannon are said to have been mount-
ed there, but they were afterwards conveyed to Galveston and
placed at the corners in front of Artillery Hall.
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