Fort Stoddert

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Fort Stoddert (1799-1814) - A Federal Fort first established in 1799 in Mobile County, Alabama. Named Fort Stoddert after Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy (1798-1801). Abandoned in 1814. Also known as Fort Stoddart and Fort Stoddard.

Fort Stoddert Marker along Old U.S. 43 at Old Military Road in Mount Vernon, Alabama


Fort Stoddert Interpretive Panel.

Established in 1799 by Captain Bartholomew Schaumburgh, 2nd U.S. Infantry as a stockaded fort with blockhouses in two of the four corners. The fort was located at the western end of the Federal Road from Fort Wilkinson in Georgia.

Aaron Burr was held prisoner here for several days after his capture in 1807 for treason against the United States. Burr, who was disguised as a river boatman, was arrested by the fort commander Lieutenant Edmund P. Gaines.

During the Creek Indian War General Ferdinand L. Claiborne posted his Mississippi Militia to the fort and distributed troops to the many settler forts in the area. He moved his headquarters in 1814 and Fort Stoddard was abandoned.

Current Status

Marker and interpretive panels in and around the town of Mount Vernon in Mobile County, Alabama. The marker itself is located in the northeast corner of the intersection of the Old Military Road and Old U.S. 43. A series of six interpretive panels are strung out along the Old Military Road as it travels east from new U.S. Hwy 43 and then travels north parallel to the Mobile River. The last panel, #6, deals directly with Fort Stoddert but does not identify the exact location.

Location: Fort Stoddert Road, Mount Vernon in Mobile County, Alabama.

Maps & Images

Lat: 31.08593 Long: -87.97898

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Visited: 21 Dec 2017

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