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Fort Brown Memorial Flagpole

Located at the site of the original Fort Brown, adjacent to Municipal Golf Course, Brownsville, Texas.

This 35 foot tall flagpole was erected in the spring of 1996 to serve as a monument or memorial in honor of the brave defenders of Fort Brown who prevailed during the siege of May 3 - 9, 1846. It was formally dedicated on Saturday, May 4, 1996 at a ceremony which was attended by 200 persons, including a U.S. Congressman, the Mayor of Brownsville, and the President of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans.

Also in attendance were uniformed members of the 7th Infantry Living History Society and the Alamo Legacies and Missions Association. A concrete and stone marker, originally erected in 1939 by the Lt. Thomas Barlow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution stands behind the flagpole, moved from its original site about 200 yards west. City of Brownsville Heritage Trail Markers flank the flagpole. One was funded by the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, the other by an individual DMWV member.

Only two of the fort's defenders died in battle - Major Jacob Brown, for whom the fort is named, and Sgt. Horace Weigart.


If you know of a Mexican War monument or memorial that honors a particular veteran or group of veterans (U.S. or Mexican), please send details, along with a color photograph if possible, to:

DMWV National Office
P.O. Box 461941
Garla, TX 75046-1941


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