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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Marion

 
 
Fort Marion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Fort Marion Marker
Inscription. In 1821, the United States assumed control of Florida and federal troops occupied the fort. It was renamed Ft. Marion, for the Revolutionary war hero Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox."

In order to modernize the fort's defensives, the east portion of the moat was filled in and modern artillery was installed.

The middle structure in the moat is a "Hot Shot Furnace," used for heating cannon balls to fire at wooden ships.

Ft. Marion remained an active military post until 1900.
 
Location. 29° 53.835′ N, 81° 18.652′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located outside the Castillo de San Marcos. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Weapons of War / Artillería (here, next to this marker); Multi-Use Moat / ¿Un foso sin agua? (a few steps from this marker); Spanish Stronghold / Ciudadela española (within shouting distance of this marker); Sentry Box (within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Way
Fort Marion Marker and Howitzers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Fort Marion Marker and Howitzers
Lined up beside the marker are three 24-pounder field howitzers, three 8-inch siege howitzers, and two 8-inch seacoast howitzers.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Crumbling Coquina / Piedra frágil (within shouting distance of this marker); Guarding the Back Door / Vigilando dos entradas (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortress Facelift / Nuevo dueño, obras nuevas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. NPS website. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Pintle and Hot Shot Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Pintle and Hot Shot Furnace
A pintle and platform remain along the seawall in front of the hot shot furnace on the bay side of the fort.
Gun Carriage Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
4. Gun Carriage Positions
The pintles and stone arcs remain on the northeast side of the fort.
<i> Fort Marion, St. Augustine and harbor</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1898
5. Fort Marion, St. Augustine and harbor
The hot shot furnace visible in Photo #3 above is also visible here in the center lower right of the photograph.
<i>St. Augustine, FLA., Interior of Fort Marion</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by Tuck & Sons', circa 1908
6. St. Augustine, FLA., Interior of Fort Marion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 554 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on December 12, 2014.
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