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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

The report covers a remote-sensing survey near the old mouth of the Brazos River, as part of a decades-long search for remnants of the several forts built there. Fieldwork was done in June-2020 involving ground-penetrating radar, magnetic gradiometry and electric resistance, followed by analysis and minor ground-truthing (selective excavations) through January-2021. The report also contains significant archival research done in the period since August-2019, revealing new details about the 1832 Fort Velasco location, the townsite of (old) Velasco, a Republic of Texas battery, and two Civil-War-era forts. Based on the geophysical results, it is thought that the data shows strong evidence for the presence of the rear bastion of the 1863 (Civil War era) Fort Velasco, as well as almost the entirety of the 1832 Fort Velasco. No definitive geophysical evidence was found to suggest that graves, associated with casualties in the 1832 Battle of Velasco, were present in the surveyed area.

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