Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tierra Verde in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post

 
 
Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
1. Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker
Inscription.  After the United States' entry into the Spanish American War, Tampa citizens demanded increased coastal defenses. In November 1898, construction began on a new military post on Mullet Key. Fort De Soto, named in 1900, featured 29 post buildings, including barracks, hospital, stable, guardhouse, administration office, mess hall and kitchen, bake house, storehouse, and workshops. Two mortar batteries defended the fort. The primary one, Battery Laidley, housed eight 12-inch M 1890-MI mortars with a range of 1.25 to 6.8 miles. The secondary one, Battery Bigelow, held two 3-inch, 15-pound Driggs-Seabury Model 1898 rapid-fire guns. These guns were needed to stop smaller, faster vessels, and to protect the 1.25-mile area surrounding the fort that Battery Laidley could not. Four mortars from Battery Laidley remain, and are the only mortars of their kind in North America. The only other ones in the world are in the Philippines. Battery Bigelow collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico but its ruins can be seen in the surf southwest of Battery Laidley. The Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1977,
Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker with flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
2. Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker with flagpole
and designated local historic landmark by Pinellas County in 2014.
 
Erected 2017 by Pinellas County Historic Preservation Board and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-965.)
 
Location. 27° 36.933′ N, 82° 44.142′ W. Marker is in Tierra Verde, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker can be reached from Anderson Boulevard (State Road 679) 0.4 miles west of Pinellas Bayway. Marker is located at the flagpole in front of the fort. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Saint Petersburg FL 33715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish American War Memorial (here, next to this marker); 12-inch Seacoast Mortar: Model 1890-M1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War Cannons from Egmont Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort De Soto Quartermaster Storehouse Museum (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tierra Verde Mound (approx. 3.8 miles away); Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site (approx. 5 miles away); "Pass-A-Grille" (approx. 5.1 miles away); Passage Key (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tierra Verde.
 
Also see . . .  Fort DeSoto Park. (Submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Categories.
Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker and part of fort image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
3. Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post Marker and part of fort
Forts, CastlesParks & Recreational AreasWar, Spanish-American
 
Fort De Soto image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
4. Fort De Soto
 

More. Search the internet for Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement