The St. Andrew Bay Saltworks

The St. Andrew Bay Saltworks (HM542)

Location: Panama City, FL 32401 Bay County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 9.824', W 85° 40.948'

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Between 1861 and 1865, the St. Andrew Bay Saltworks, one of the largest producers of salt in the South, contributed to the Confederate cause by providing salt, fish, and cattle for southern troops and citizens. A necessary preservative in those times, salt sold for as much as $50 per bushel, and was produced in wood-fired saltworks on the perimeter of the West Bay, East Bay and North Bay and Lake Powell (a.k.a. Lake Ocala). An estimated 2,500 men, primarily from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, were exempted from combat duty in order to labor in the saltworks. The salt was transported to Eufaula, Alabama, then to Montgomery, for distribution throughout the Confederate states. Because of the importance of St. Andrew Bay Saltworks to the Confederacy, acting Master W. R. Browne, commander of the U.S. Restless, was instructed to commence a series of assaults beginning in August 1862. In December 1863, additional Union attacks occurred, which Confederate home guards could not resist. The attacks resulted in the destruction of more than 290 salt works, valued by Master Browne at more than $3,000,000. The St. Andrew Bay Saltwork employees promptly rebuilt them, and they remained in operation through February 1865.

A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM542
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series
Marker NumberF-477
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1319 and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 626869 N 3337661
Decimal Degrees30.16373333, -85.68246667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 9.824', W 85° 40.948'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 9' 49.44" N, 85° 40' 56.88" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-899 Caroline Blvd, Panama City FL 32401, US
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