Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battery Park Live Oak
Camp Milton Historic Preserve
On April 12th, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., a mortar shell from Fort Johnson, Johns Island, South Carolina, arched across the sky. The shell exploded almost directly over Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Within minutes of the first mortar explosion, Confederate batteries ringing the harbor, including ones in Charleston’s Battery Park opened fire and continued to pound the masonry walls for 34 hours. Union Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort to Confederate troops. Later in the Civil War, Union forces bombarded the fort from 1863 until 1865 in one of the longest sieges during the war, reducing it to little more than a heap of rubble. The Battery Park Live Oak withstood the war and the battles, and today shades cannons still in position. This tree grew from an acorn handpicked from the Battery Park Live Oaks.
Location. 30° 20.209′ N, 81° 51.957′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker can be reached from Halsema Road North 0.4 miles north of Old Plank Road, on the right when traveling north. Located within the Camp Milton Historic Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1225 Halsema Road North, Jacksonville FL 32220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ulysses S. Grant Sycamore (here, next to this marker); Booker T. Washington Sycamore (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Address Honeylocust (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Douglass White Oak (a few steps from this marker); Apalachicola Harbor Live Oak (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg American Sycamore (a few steps from this marker); Harriet Beecher Stowe White Ash (a few steps from this marker); Robert E. Lee Southern Magnolia (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . .
1. Camp Milton Historic Preserve. Florida Hikes! (Submitted on November 13, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Camp Milton Historic Preserve. City of Jacksonville (Submitted on November 14, 2019.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.