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

Swatting Mosquitoes

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Swatting Mosquitoes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Swatting Mosquitoes Marker
Inscription. Isolation and boredom, snakes and biting flies—many of the soldiers stationed at Fort Pickens in the 1800s and 1900s felt they had been sent to the end of the Earth and forgotten. They spent hours on end in the sweltering sun standing watch, conducting artillery drills, maintaining equipment, and swatting mosquitoes. In their leisure time they played cards, read letters and newspapers sent from home, swam in the gulf, fished, and played ball games. Some of them even hunted alligators despite official prohibitions.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.703′ N, 87° 17.431′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road near Pensacola Beach, Florida (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 distance of this marker. Dueling with Confederates (here, next to this marker); Beefing Up Defenses (here, next to this marker); Step Back in History (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Explosion
Swatting Mosquitoes Marker & Fort image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Swatting Mosquitoes Marker & Fort
(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 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, World I
 
Fort Pickens Baseball Team in 1911 image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
3. Fort Pickens Baseball Team in 1911
Fort Pickens entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
4. Fort Pickens entrance sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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