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Near Sumatra in Franklin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

British Fort Magazine

 
 
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1. British Fort Magazine Marker
Inscription. It is hard to imagine the horrible scene that greeted the first Americans to stand here on the morning of July 27, 1816. The remains of the 270 persons killed in the magazine explosion lay scattered about. They also found an arsenal of ten cannons, 2,500 muskets and over 150 barrels of black powder. Some original timbers from the octagonal magazine were uncovered here by excavations.
 
Location. 29° 56.297′ N, 85° 0.588′ W. Marker is near Sumatra, Florida, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 127 4 miles from State Road 65. Touch for map. On Route 65, a sign marks the turn for Fort Gadsden/Prospect Bluff Historic Sites. Go west on Forest Road 129. In about 4 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 129-D. The kiosk and parking lot are visible from that point. Roads are unpaved and may have potholes.

There is a walk from the parking lot, kiosk, and toilets to the site.

The site was named Fort Gadsden Historic Site until 2016, when its name was changed to Prospect Bluff Historic Sites. Some signs still carry the old name. Marker is in this post office area: Sumatra FL 32335, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gadsden (here, next to this marker); "Milly Francis" (here, next to this marker); Steamship Tragedy (here, next to this marker); Wewahitchka Centennial (approx. 16.7 miles away); Gulf County Old Courthouse (approx. 16.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Those killed were negroes, escaped slaves or descendents of them, and Indians. Note that to the author of the marker's text, none of these were "Americans", although many were born in the United States.
 
Additional keywords. Blacks, negroes, African Americans, cannonball, hot shot
 
Categories. African AmericansDisastersForts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Last updated on March 4, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photo   1. submitted on February 24, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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