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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1M9A_apache-prisoners_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
In 1886 the U.S. Army exiled 400 Apaches from the Southwest to Florida and sent most of them to Fort Marion in St. Augustine. Several Pensacola citizens, however, petitioned the government to imprison Geronimo, a medicine man and warrior, and 15 o…
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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,…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1IOB_fort-within-a-fort_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
Fort Pickens was past its prime. New rifled artillery could penetrate its brick walls. The U.S. Army resuscitated the antiquated brick fort in 1898 with reinforced concrete Battery Pensacola. The fort within a fort had two 12-inch rifles on carria…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1IOA_step-back-in-history_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
Fort Pickens played a critical role in an 1800s homeland-security program. Pickens was the largest of four forts the U.S. government built to protect Pensacola Bay and the Navy Yard. The fort succeeded, not against a foreign invasion, but against …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1IO9_hurricane-ivan_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan roared across the Gulf of Mexico with 130-mile-per-hour winds and struck Santa Rosa Island and the national seashore's Fort Pickens head-on. A 14-foot storm surge washed across the island, destroyed piers and …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1INV_beefing-up-defenses_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
On the brink of war with Spain after the USS "Maine" battleship was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in February 1898, the U.S. Army installed a minefield in the Pensacola Harbor entrance. Leaving a 1000-foot opening, the Corps of Engineers placed two…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1INP_colonial-power-struggle_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
Starting in the mid-1500s, the Pensacola area became a pawn in a European power struggle in the New World. Adventurers from Spain, France and Britain competed with each other to establish a foothold on the Gulf of Mexico. Spain established several…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1INO_converting-a-cannon_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
Feel the grooves inside this rare cannon barrel. This Rodman cannon was cast in 1861 as a 10-inch smoothbore, which fired round cannonballs. To keep up with modern technology, the U.S. Army in 1884 inserted an 8-inch rifled sleeve into the old cas…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1INN_deadly-explosion_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
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 …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1INM_dueling-with-confederates_Pensacola-Beach-FL.html
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 Ba…
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