Fort Raglan

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Fort Raglan (1855-1856) - A Yakima War Fort established in 1855 in the present-day Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Thurston County, Washington. Reportedly named Fort Raglan after the British commander Lord Raglan, who ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854. The blockhouse was abandoned as a fortification in 1856 as hostilities moved further east.

Annotated 1853 (prewar) Survey Map of the Area Around Packard's Ferry and the Future Site of Fort Raglan

History

Established in 1855 by Washington Territorial Volunteers who built a blockhouse located on the Nisqually River at Packard's Ferry on the Joel Myers land claim. The blockhouse guarded the ferry to keep the route open between the territorial capital at Olympia and Fort Steilacoom.

This was a log house (some said a barn), very strongly built with a stockade, that stood on a sand spit, on the south side of the Nisqually River.

Abandoned as a fortification in 1856 as hostilities moved further east but the structure remained standing for a number of years.

Current Status

Archeological remains only, site tentatively identified by survey and land claim maps and by some artifact recovery.


Location: In Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Thurston County, Washington.

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Lat: 47.07331 Long: -122.70681

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