— Fort Pickens —On the night of June 20, 1899, a fire broke out near a gunpowder magazine on the fort's northwest side. A bucket brigade fought the flames, but the blaze grew in intensity, forced the soldiers away from the cistern, and at 5:20 a.m. ignited 8,000 pounds of gunpowder. The explosion demolished the bastion and showered debris across Pensacola Bay. Flying brick fragments killed Pvt. Earle Welles and injured Pvt. Henry Hopgood, who had sought shelter behind a woodpile.
|Placed By||The National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 472090 N 3355141|
|Decimal Degrees||30.32776667, -87.29033333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 19.666', W 87° 17.42'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 19' 39.96" N, 87° 17' 25.2" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1493-1499 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US|
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