Diggers think theyve found Ft Manhassett Abilene Reporter News 7 Sept 1970

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Diggers think theyve found Ft Manhassett Abilene Reporter News 7 Sept 1970 - as per site of Ft. Manliassett, an New Diggers...
as per site of Ft. Manliassett, an New Diggers Think They've Found Ft Manhassett SAB1NE PASS, Tex. (AP) Diggers Diggers believe they have fouru was recently uneartl^ by Block, assistant postmaster of the f , importanL Confederate {ortifica lion. Artifacls discovered Lhere are expected lo spur more exploration. exploration. The presumed sile of Hie old fort, about seven miles west of Sabine Pass, just off Texas 87, Ul^^ NeOerlancl, a dcscendcnt of pioneers. pioneers. Ttus far a number of cannon balls and many olher artifacts havc been unearthed including a wooden wall bordering on tv '° large, grassy knoll. i t h c lllir( l B!ock believes the fort's ons storeroom lies behind the; 22 wall. lie said he hopes lo er cannon, rifles and olher and ammunition in Ihe mound. Almost 60 cannon balls weighing weighing 32 pounds each plus mulli-j lurles of golf ball size cannon; balls, old railroad spiles, squaroj nails and a mechanism used aim a cannon in the proper reclion have been unearthed. According lo Block's research, the fort is one of several buill al Ihe mouth of the Sabine to protect the slate from an invasion by Union forces during Ilic Civil War. One of these is Ft. Griffin where Dick Doivling held off invasion fleet in September 1863. Al present, amateur historians j are working at Ihe old Ft. hassctl "destroying many of artifacts in Iheir frantic search for souvenirs," Block said. The fort itself was object of a three-month search substantiated substantiated fay 1835 maps of Sabine Pas. Since the fort was not sccce of any major battles, it my folks before I was born--* a bit since then!" has been described as a bil of history." "quiet Fl. Manhasscll is presumed have received its name from old coai ship en route to troops who had run short of The ship sank during a storm near the site.

Clipped from Abilene Reporter-News07 Sep 1970, MonPage 23

Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas)07 Sep 1970, MonPage 23
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