Fort Jesup

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Fort Jesup (1822-1846) - A U.S. Army post established in May 1822 as Cantonment Jesup in present day Sabine Parish, Louisiana. Named Fort Jesup on 3 Jun 1833 after Brigadier General Thomas Sidney Jesup, "Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps". Abandoned in 1846.

Fort Jesup SHS Sign.
Fort Jesup Original Kitchen/Mess Building.
Fort Jesup Main Building.

Fort Jesup History

Established in May 1822 to protect the then U.S. - Spanish border and used as a staging area for U.S. troops operating in Mexico after Texas Revolution (1835-1836).

The post was abandoned in Jan 1846 as the frontier moved further west and Texas became a state (1845). All the improvements were put up for public sale.

Fort Jesup Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1822 1823 Lt. Colonel Taylor, Zachery N/A 7th U.S. Infantry
1823 1831 Lt. Colonel Many, James B. N/A 7th U.S. Infantry
1831 1834 Brig. General Leavenworth, Henry N/A 3rd U.S. Infantry
1834 1840 Lt. Colonel Many, James B. N/A 3rd U.S. Infantry
1840 1841 Captain Morrison, P. N/A 4th U.S. Infantry
1841 1842 Lt. Colonel Many, James B. N/A 3rd U.S. Infantry
1842 1845 Colonel Twiggs, David E. N/A 2nd U.S. Dragoons
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

Fort Jesup State Historic Site, reconstructed Officer's Quarters/Museum. The Officer's Quarters/Museum was closed because of budget constraints. The kitchen was the only remaining original building. Flush mounted stone markers identify the locations of other missing buildings.

Location: Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Sabine Parish, Louisiana.

Maps & Images

Lat: 31.612244 Long: -93.401839



Visited: 8 Apr 2016

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