Re: Brazos River gun mounds, Quintana, Texas
Greetings, Ronald H. Livingston !
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I suspect that what you have obviously viewed was probably the remains of an old Coast Artillery installation.
The mound would represent the vestage of an elevated gun position, which, for protection of the gun crew from incoming rounds would probably have included a concrete
The rail you mention would have been the track upon which the gun mount would have rotated in order for the gun barrel to be brought onto a new target.
There were three Coast Defense installations located at Galveston, just to the east of Freeport:
Fort Travis, Fort Crockett and Fort San Jacinto.
My reference includes three "other locations-unnamed) in Texas:
1. at Freeport, manned by 2/155 mm guns
2. also at Freeport, manned by 2/6 inch guns
3. at Port Aransas, manned by 2/155 mm guns.
I would speculate that your site was the first, since a
155 mm gun would require such tracking capability.
Atypical CA Battalion would include 25 officers of various grades, and 512 enlisted men. There were four gun batteries to a battalion.
Early in the war, there was a concern over the possibility of a Japanese invasion of our coastline, and a massive construction program of CA installations ensued.
However, with the Allied victory at the Battle of Midway in May, 1942, historians say that the threat of invasion was
As a consequence, the CA was declared passe', and the units disbanded in 1943, with the troops going to new military units, ie, Anti-Aircraft Artillery and Field Artillery .
You might want to check out:
which will provide an excellent over-view of the
Let me know what you think. OK /
Louie F. Turner