Fort brown texas historical marker siege
The Siege of Fort Brown. In March, 1846, Gen. Zachary Taylor established a military position on this site, opposite Matamoros, to support the United States claim to dispute territory between the Rio Grande and Nueces Rivers. Anticipating a military response from Mexico, Taylor ordered the construction of an earthen field fort. On May 3rd, Mexican artillery began a bombardment and siege of the Bastion; at dawn on May 6th, Maj. Jacob Brown was hit in the leg by an exploding artillery shell. While undergoing medical treatment, Major Brown instructed his officers: "Men, go to your duties; stand by your posts. I am but one among you." Maj. Brown died on May 9th, only hours before Gen. Taylor's victory at Resaca De La Palma lifted the siege.

, Brownsville, TX, United States

Fort brown texas historical marker
Original Fort Brown Site (Fort Brown Earthworks). This earthen fort was built by Gen. Zachary Taylor's troops in 1846 and was originally called both "Fort Taylor" and "Fort Texas". The fort featured bastion walls 9 1/2 feet high forming an irregular six-point star. Most sections of the earthworks were destroyed early in this century by levee construction. An original breastwork section is visible in the distance, now lower in height due to erosion. The Mexican siege and bombardment of this fort was a precipitating event in the Mexican - American War. Gen. Taylor officially named the site Fort Brown "in memory of the gallant Commander who nobly fell in its defense." Funding provided by Anthony K. Knopp

, Brownsville, TX, United States