The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 100
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Pass, was withdrawn in June of 1864. Thereafter the only Federal
troops in Texas were at Brazos Santiago, retained to block Boca
Chica and Point Isabel as places of entry for Confederate
It was the judgment of Kirby Smith that the Confederacy
could no longer support a fort at Saluria, and Fort Esperanza was
not reoccupied during the remainder of the war.91 Until the end
there would be recurring reports of Federal concentration in New
Orleans aimed at invasion of Texas. But the battle of Mansfield
in April, 1864, and the frustration of Banks's last grand design,
ended Federal aspirations to project a campaign against the state.
Texas was not molested again during the war.
olBoggs to Walker, September 17, 1864, ibid., XLI, Part 3, pp. 939-940. A Con-
federate map of the Texas coast prepared in 1864 and included in the atlas
to the Official Records shows a "Fort DeBray" at the Saluria site. Actual existence
of such an installation is not indicated by any other record. Its placement on a
map may have represented a headquarters project abandoned on receipt of the
order cited above. Another possibility is that occasional picket or outpost forces
sent to Saluria may have so denominated the abandoned fortification.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958, periodical, 1958; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101164/m1/120/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.