St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
8 inch Columbiad
historic Fort Marion
(Castillo de San Marcos)
before, during and after the
the City of St. Augustine
by the U.S. War Department
June 12, 1900
Location. 29° 53.555′ N, 81° 18.761′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Cathedral Plaza and St. George Street, on the left when traveling west on Cathedral Plaza. Touch for map. Located in the Plaza de la Constitución. 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. Plaza de la Constitución (here, next to this marker); Government House: Legacy of Authority (here, next to this marker); Balcón de los Reyes (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Young Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Coquina in These Walls (a few steps from this marker); Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House and the Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker.
According to reports, the fort contained only 8-inch howitzers (which are still at the fort today) and 32-pounder smoothbore guns, when recaptured by Federals in March 1862. The Federals may have captured the columbiads elsewhere and moved them to Fort Marion for safe-keeping.
Clearly the cannons were at Fort Marion after the war. However, their use by the Army after the war would be limited. The elevation system would require pre-Civil War carriages. Further, the guns were not constructed in the manner used by the regulation Federal 8-inch guns, and would be suspect when firing full charges.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.