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Panama City in Bay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

St. Andrew Skirmish

St. Andrew Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
1. St. Andrew Skirmish Marker
Inscription.  Near this site on March 20, 1863, Confederate soldiers commanded by Captain Walter J. Robinson repelled a landing by Union sailors led by Acting Master James Folger of the blockading vessel U.S.S. Roebuck. The 11-man scouting party of Union sailors was seeking to locate a southern civilian vessel near the "Old Town" spring, when they were reportedly ordered to surrender by Captain Robinson. During the ensuing skirmish, several Union sailors were killed and wounded as they fled to their launch boat. Quarter, or safe passage, was requested by the remaining Union sailors to retrieve their dead and wounded. Total Union casualties were six dead and three wounded. Union sailors buried four of the deceased on nearby Hurricane Island, and a fifth sailor was interred by the Confederate soldiers. No casualties were recorded by the Confederate unit, which later became Company A of the 11th Florida Infantry Regiment. After the conclusion of the Civil War, the remains of the Union sailors were removed to the national cemetery at Fort Barrancas.
Florida Heritage Site

Erected 2000 by Sons
St. Andrew Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
2. St. Andrew Skirmish Marker
of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1319 and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-425.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 30° 9.862′ N, 85° 41.252′ W. Marker is in Panama City, Florida, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of West Beach Drive (Business U.S. 98) and Friendship Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Beach Drive. Located at a pull off along Beach Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Panama City FL 32401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Andrews Bay Skirmish (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); The St. Andrew Bay Saltworks (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Christo, Senior (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Old Sentry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Salt Kettle (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Andrew(s) School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robert Lee McKenzie's Home and Office (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Gideon Versus Wainwright Case (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panama City.
Categories. War, US Civil
St. Andrew Bay image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
3. St. Andrew Bay
Hurricane Island was one of four Islands at the mouth of St Andrew Bay at the time of the Civil War. The others were Sand, Hammock, and Crooked Islands. A hurricane in 1868 shifted the barrier islands around considerably, and the resultant land was renamed Shell Island. Shell Island sits in the far distance, just right of the palm trees.

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,871 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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