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Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Walton

 
 
Fort Walton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, 1993
1. Fort Walton Marker
Inscription. Originally called Camp Walton, this Confederate installation, constructed in 1861 to guard East Pass, was garrisoned by a company of Florida militia called the "Walton Guards". Several small skirmishes with federal landing parties occurred near here. The Camp was abandoned following the Confederate evacuation of Pensacola, and the garrison, a part of the First Florida Infantry Regiment, was assigned to duty on the Tennessee front in early 1862.
 
Erected 1968 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-94.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 30° 24.233′ N, 86° 36.447′ W. Marker was in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker was on Miracle Strip Parkway SE (U.S. 98) west of Florida Place SE, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving and Protecting the Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Indianola Inn, An Indian Midden Mound, and Civil War Cannons
Marker is missing, only pole is left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
2. Marker is missing, only pole is left.
The cannon in the background is reported to have been found buried in the Indianola mound and is thought to have been the cannon spiked and buried as the Walton Guards left the area for service elsewhere. The Indianola mound marker can be seen a few hundred yards south of here.
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle (approx. 5 miles away); AGM-28 Houndog Missile (approx. 5.1 miles away); B-52 Stratofortress (approx. 5.1 miles away); SR-71 Blackbird (approx. 5.1 miles away); MH-53M Pave Low IV (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Confederate Camp Walton article by the Florida Public Archaeology Network. A photo of the missing marker can be seen at this link. (Submitted on November 20, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker to be restored and re-installed...
The Indian Mound Museum manager reported in 2016 that "it was removed several years ago when there was construction along Highway 98, then it was returned. We took it down last year for cleaning and repair. Although it is not up right now – we hope to return it to that location later this year."

Tim Fillmon, who restores Florida historical markers for the whole state, has noted (November 2017) that he contacted the manager about restoring this marker.
    — Submitted November 20, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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