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New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats

1863 - 1963

 
 
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By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
1. Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats Marker
Inscription. To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the shelling and burning of the Sheldon House on this site July 26th during the War Between the States by Union gunboats Oleander and Bouregard
 
Erected by the Volusia County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 1.621′ N, 80° 55.313′ W. Marker is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from North Riverside Drive north of Julia Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located at Old Fort Park across from the city marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1768 British Colony of New Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Sheldon's New Smyrna Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Past... (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Andrew Turnbull (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Turnbull Canal (about 500 feet away); The New Smyrna Odyssey (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
2. Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats Marker
Beyond the marker is the foundation atop which the Sheldon House was built.
Site of Old Stone Wharf (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old St. Rita Colored Mission Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Smyrna Beach.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a block of coquina, facing toward North Riverside Drive. It sits atop an earthen elevation containing the remains of an ancient Native American shell mound. Built into the mound is a fortress-like foundation of quarried coquina, the exact origin of which is unknown. These features have been listed with the National Register of Historic Places under the name Old Fort Park Archeological Site. Additionally, the site and marker both lie inside the boundaries of the New Smyrna Beach Historic District, also recognized by the NRHP.
 
Regarding Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats. The Sheldon House was a residence and hotel that was built atop the large coquina foundation still found at the site today.
 
Also see . . .  Assault on New Smyrna, Florida, July 1863. This post at the "Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial Blog" offers details about the attack, which along with shelling from
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By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
3. Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats Marker
the Oleander and the Beauregard, involved other Union vessels and resulted in the capture or loss of Confederate ships and cargo. (Submitted on July 7, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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