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Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dueling with Confederates

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Dueling with Confederates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Dueling with Confederates Marker
Inscription. If you had been here on November 22 and 23, 1861, you would have been in the midst of a fierce Civil War battle. Union troops at Fort Pickens bombarded Confederates who, in January, had occupied Fort McRee straight ahead across the bay and Fort Barrancas and the Navy Yard on the mainland to your right. The Confederates fired back, but the Union, aided by cannon fire from two warships, heavily damaged the Navy Yard and nearly demolished Fort McRee. Needing troops elsewhere, the Confederates left the posts in the spring of 1862, and the Union moved most of its troops on Santa Rosa Island to the mainland.

"For the number and caliber of guns and weight of metal brought into action it would rank with the heaviest bombardments in the world"
Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.704′ N, 87° 17.431′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road 9.8 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (State Road 399). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Long view towards Fort Barrancas & Fort McRee former locations from Fort Pickens. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Long view towards Fort Barrancas & Fort McRee former locations from Fort Pickens.
distance of this marker. Beefing Up Defenses (here, next to this marker); Swatting Mosquitoes (here, next to this marker); Step Back in History (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); Converting a Cannon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort within a Fort (about 400 feet away); Apache Prisoners (about 700 feet away); Colonial Power Struggle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article about Fort McKee and the November 1861 battle. (Submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Dueling with Confederates Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
3. Dueling with Confederates Marker area
Fort Pickens area entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
4. Fort Pickens area entrance sign
Circa 1860 at Fort McRee image. Click for full size.
By Nps
5. Circa 1860 at Fort McRee
Artillery Duel image. Click for full size.
By Nps, .
6. Artillery Duel
#1-Fort McRee, #2-Fort Barrancas, #3-Navy Yard, #4-Battery Scott, #5-Fort Pickens, #6-Battery Totten, #7-Battery Cameron, #8-Battery Lincoln
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5, 6. submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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