In April 1861, Northern newspapers blared headlines of federal garrisons holding out behind the ramparts of brick fortresses, defenders of the Union in recently seceded states that formed the Confederacy. Most of the attention focused on the vanguard of secession, South Carolina, and the troops assembled at Fort Sumter in the middle of Charleston Harbor. But another installation positioned at the tip of Santa Rosa Island also figured prominently in the events of those dark days on the threshold of Civil War. Today that strongpoint, Fort Pickens, is among a group of historic fortifications operated by the National Park Service that tells the military story of the Florida Panhandle.
Museum Report - The Remaining Forts of Pensacola
By Hill Goodspeed