Fort Lincoln, Texas

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Historical Marker
Seco Creek in front of the fort

Fort Lincoln is a town in Medina County, Texas. It was established on July 7, 1849 by Major James Longstreet, with two companies of the Eighth United States Infantry,[1] after the Mexican–American War. The fort is named in honor of Captain George Lincoln who was killed in the Battle of Buena Vista.[2] The fort was abandoned on July 20, 1852.[3]

A line of seven army posts were established in 1848-49 after the Mexican War to protect the settlers of West Texas and included Fort Worth, Fort Graham, Fort Gates, Fort Croghan, Fort Martin Scott, Fort Lincoln and Fort Duncan.[1]

Other famous officers stationed here include Richard Irving Dodge and William Steele.[4]


  1. ^ a b Crimmins, M.L., 1943, The First Line of Army Posts Established in West Texas in 1849, Abilene: West Texas Historical Association, Vol. XIX, pp. 121-127
  2. ^ "FORT LINCOLN | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Fort Lincoln, Texas". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ Crook, C., and Crook, G., 1964, Fort Lincoln, Texas, in Texas Military History, Vol. 4, Fall, 1964, No. 3, A Quarterly Publication of the National Guard Association of Texas, p. 160