Fort Travis (2)

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Fort Travis (2) (1898-1947) - Established in 1898 as an Endicott Period coastal defense fortification. Named 4 Apr 1900 in G.O. 43 for William B. Travis, who, in command of Texan forces, gallantly perished in the defense of the Alamo, 6 Mar 1836. Active military post until 1947.

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Galveston.

Construction on Fort Travis began in 1898 and was completed in 1899. Two batteries were built, Battery Davis (1) and Battery Ernst. The fort sustained heavy damage in the Galveston hurricane of 1900 but was rebuilt. A fifteen-foot seawall was built in 1906.

Fort Travis Endicott Period Batteries (edit list)
Battery
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No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Notes
Battery Davis (1) 2 8" Disappearing 1898-1898-1911-1918 1900 Hurricane damaged rebuilt
Battery Ernst 3 3" Masking Pedestal 1898-1898-1911-1946 1900 Hurricane damaged rebuilt
Source: CDSG
Fot Travis Plan


World War I

In World War I Fort Travis defended the port of Galveston and approaches. Battery Kimble was added in 1925.

Fort Travis World War I Batteries (edit list)
Battery
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No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Notes
Battery Kimble 2 12" Long Range Barbette 1917-1922-1922-1943 Guns to Fort Moultrie
Source: CDSG

World War II

During World War II Battery 236 (1943) was added. The post also housed German prisoners of war during World War II.

Fort Travis World War II Batteries (edit list)
Battery
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No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Notes
Battery 236 2 6" Shielded Long Range Barbette 1942-1945-1945-194? Gun tubes never arrived,
battery not armed
Source: CDSG

Current Status

Fort Travis Seashore Park, a Galveston County Park with battery structures remaining, no period guns or carriages in place.

Location: Fort Travis Seashore Park, eastern tip of Galveston Island.

Maps & Images

Lat: 29.364916 Long: -94.758217

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