Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Maple Leaf
“An Extraordinary American Civil War Shipwreck”
— Walter Jones Historical Park —
A luxury passenger liner before the Civil War, the Maple Leaf was pressed into service as a Union transport ship in 1862. The sidewheel steamship was sunk in the St. Johns River by a submerged Confederate mine on April 1, 1864 at Mandarin Point. Preserved in the river mud for 130 years, it was explored by Dr. Keith Holland and the St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions, Inc. and designated a National Historic Landmark shipwreck site in 1994. The artifacts recovered from the ship provide us a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers during the war.
Erected by Mandarin Historical Society and the State of Florida Department of Historical Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 30° 10.017′ N, 81° 38.899′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mandarin Road and County Dock Road, on the left when traveling northTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville FL 32223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The St. Johns River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mandarin Boardwalk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Major William Webb/Walter Jones Farmhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farmstead (about 400 feet away); Sawmill (about 500 feet away); Losco Winery (about 500 feet away); 1876 Barn (about 500 feet away); St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African American Children (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . .
1. The Maple Leaf (Shipwreck Site). National Park Service (Submitted on April 22, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Walter Jones Historical Park. (Submitted on April 23, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.