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I ran across this little story about Fort Pickens near Pensacola Florida.
Anyone ever visited here?
Seems like it would make a great "ride to" destination.
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Fort Pickens is part of the National Parks system along with the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Construction on the fort began in 1829 and was concluded in 1834.

 

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Visitors can walk around the remains of the old fort that was used during the Civil War to protect Pensacola Bay.

 

 Visitors can also see prison cells similar to that occupied by Geronimo during his captivity in Pensacola.

This living area was intended to be officers' quarters. However, it served as a hospital and later as prison cells for the Apache. Geronimo stayed in a cell similar to the one seen here. However, the rooms he used on the South wall have collapsed.

 

During World War I and World War II, additional structures were added to the original fort.

While visitors cannot walk through these, they can look at the structures and the huge bunkers located there. Visitors will also find a small museum and gift shop.

 

[Cover photo] Battery at Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa Island, Florida.

Cost: Prices: $6.00 for a carload; $50.00 Annual Pass for all National Parks; No Cost for Disabled Individuals; Senior Lifetime Pass for National Parks - $10.00. NOTE: Currently visitors cannot drive to Historic Fort Pickens. Instead, they can hike, bike, or boat to the fort. This will be the case until the road that was damaged during Hurricane Dennis in 2005 is reopened

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The Fort Pickens Area is the western seven miles of Santa Rosa Island, near Pensacola Beach. This area was heavily damaged by Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Dennis (2005).
 

Road reconstruction of the Fort Pickens Road began Monday November 3, 2008. The road is located in a sensitive habitat for nesting sea turtles and colonial shorebirds. These factors and weather conditions must be considered in the road construction schedule. Visitors to the Fort Pickens Area need to be aware that during construction, the roadway and construction corridor will be CLOSED to the public. This corridor will include the paved area westward from the entrance to the Ranger Station. This is for safety and also to allow the contract to move forward with minimal disruption.

The only way to access Fort Pickens is by private boat or water taxi service:Water Taxi Service Blue Marlin Water Taxi, 850-723-4907 Kaitlyn, 850-492-1099 Key Sailing, 850-932-5520, or Over-land shuttle, 850-698-7492.

 "Loop A" of the campground has reopened to tent camping. The rest of the campground remains closed.  Bathrooms and water fountains are available in the fort area and at Battery Worth.

Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida, and its navy yard. The fort was begun in 1829, completed in 1834, and used until the 1940s. Built in the age of wooden warships and cannons firing round balls, the fort underwent changes in response to advances in weapon technology following the Civil War.

Ten concrete gun batteries, including one in the middle of the historic fort, were built from the 1890s through the 1940s, each a response to a particular threat. Atomic bombs, guided missiles, and long-range bombers made such forts obsolete by the end of World War II and the Army abandoned the forts. Following extensive repairs by the National Park Service, the fort was reopened in 1976.

Pensacola is known as the City of Five Flags because five different nations have had control over it since its founding in 1559. In fact, Pensacola was the first colony founded in Florida, beating St. Augustine by two years. However, it only survived two years. The five countries who have controlled Pensacola at different times are: Spain, France, Great Britain, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.


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Very interesting. I thought it quite unique that the Confederate Flag of choice flown at this impressive land mark is the original "Stars and Bars" representing the original seven Cofenderate States of America. It is also interesting that the "Contraversial" Dixie, Rebel, Whatever is improperly called the Stars and Bars as well. The basic design of the "rebel" flag is based upon the 2nd Confederate Navy Jack.

Wikipedia:

The first official flag of the Confederacy, called the "Stars and Bars," was flown from March 5, 1861, to May 26, 1863.

The very first national flag of the Confederacy was designed by Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama.[1] The Stars and Bars flag was adopted March 4, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised over the dome of that first Confederate Capitol.



To see images: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America#First_national_flag_.28.22the_Stars_and_Bars.22.29

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The square rebel flag is actually the CSA Battle Flag and was adopted by the army for use in the field after the confusion at 1st Bull Run when the US and CSA flags looked too similar resulting in friendly fire and delayed reactions to attacks.  The rectangular rebel flag most often seen is actually the CSA Navy Jack Flag.

Georgia finally settled on the 1st Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars) design for our state flag to please all that objected to the battle flag which unfortunately is used by numerous groups that do not properly represent southern heritage.

I've visited Fort Pickens several years ago with my kids.  There was a WWII event going on at the time and we got to see some really cool stuff including the German version half-track.  Not quite as historical as our visits to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie but still impressive.

Thx for sharing your visit with us.

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It is just like the pictures show.  The Pompano are in the surf this time of year.  On the bay side Specs and Reds are abundant.  Cobia (Ling / Lemon Fish) are making their annual run along the coast.  Great camping sites, never crowded.

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Another cool Confederate Fort is Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill, GA on the Ogeechee River. It is one of the only Earthen Forts, This Fort was never technically over taken by the Union Troops. They shelled the Fort for days from the waters of the Ogeechee River without success using their state of the art "ironclad" warship. The Confederates actually sunk the ironclad across the river from the Fort. It was until 1864 that the Fort was ultimately surrendered to General Sherman after he had taken the City of Savannah, which was spared and given as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln.

We lived in Savannah before moving back to FL in 2003. We would regularly take the RV and Bicycles to camp for the week-end. There is a cool exhibition each Memorial Day Week-end at Fort McAllister put on by Union Soldier Re-enactors. There are musket shooting shows, cannon firings, and exhibits showing the gear of soldiers, officers, and doctors. Plus the tours of the Earthen Fort. It is worth checking out!
 
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There are musket shooting shows, cannon firings, and exhibits showing the gear of soldiers, officers, and doctors.

For some reason the thought of civil war doctors sends chills up my back ... didn't they simply carry lots of cloth and a big saw?     Just kidding of course about the saw part ... well, sort of.

The more I read about this type of stuff the more curious I get. 

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Doctors tools and methods in Civil War times. BONE CHILLING is about all you can say! Thank God for Morphine for those that suffered such painful consequences, even Whiskey. There were some tools and implements very "advanced" for the times, yet still primitive by any standard.

There are some local Confederate re-enactments, one is held each spring at the Sand Hill State Park in Brooksville, Springhill off hwy 50. There is another one in Sefner near the Big Confederate flag off of I-75.



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