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Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Step Back in History

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Step Back in History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Step Back in History Marker
Inscription. Fort Pickens played a critical role in an 1800s homeland-security program. Pickens was the largest of four forts the U.S. government built to protect Pensacola Bay and the Navy Yard. The fort succeeded, not against a foreign invasion, but against the Confederates during the Civil War. To learn more about the fascinating history of this defensive fortification, follow the sidewalk straight ahead and begin your self-guiding tour. The fort closes at sunset.

"...as the means of preserving peace, and as obstacles to an invader, [the fort's] influence and power are immense."
Lieutenant Henry W. Halleck, "Report on the Means of National Defense," 1843
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.691′ N, 87° 17.405′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road near Pensacola Beach Boulevard (State Road 399). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swatting Mosquitoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling with Confederates
Fort Pickens Old Fort image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Fort Pickens Old Fort
(within shouting distance of this marker); Beefing Up Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); Converting a Cannon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort within a Fort (about 400 feet away); Apache Prisoners (about 600 feet away); Colonial Power Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service tour info on Fort Pickens. (Submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Pickens cannon and Battery Pensacola image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
3. Fort Pickens cannon and Battery Pensacola
Accidental explosion in old fort image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
4. Accidental explosion in old fort
Bastion D wall after explosion image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
5. Bastion D wall after explosion
Entering original fort image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
6. Entering original fort
Fort Pickens area entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
7. Fort Pickens area entrance sign
<i>Fort Pickens: Pensacola Harbor, Florida</i> image. Click for full size.
By Currier & Ives
8. Fort Pickens: Pensacola Harbor, Florida
Lithograph published by Currier & Ives between 1860 and 1870. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   8. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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