Aug 25, 2011

Fort Pickens Revisited

Fort Pickens is a beautiful fort built in 1834 to protect Pensacola Bay, FL. It is one of only four forts in the south that was never held by the Confederates and the only real action it saw was when the Union soldiers were defending it during the Civil War. Beyond its historical relevance, it is a fine piece of architecture to photograph. Some of you may remember me posting about it last year here, Fort Pickens. You can read more about Fort Pickens in the links below this post.

View from Officers' Quarters


Interior Photos










Mineral deposits (salt) on ceiling


Casemate rooms where cannon sat




Silhouettes of my youngest son




Entrance to lower area


More casemates


More mineral deposits and moss


Cannon atop bastion



Another interior shot


Dave behind the embrasure


Views of the fort below showing the corner bastion that is blown out. They used to store munition powder there. There was a fire and when it reached this area the powder caught causing a massive explosion. Bricks flew all the way across the channel onto the main land some 1 1/2 miles away.







~Jessica~

Sources For More Information:

National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-pickens.htm

ExploreSouthernHistory.com
http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/fortpickens1.html

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pickens

2 comments:

BCshutterbug said...

That is so cool! I love going to old forts, there was one near where I use to live and I've been to a couple elsewhere as well. These photos totally gave me an idea... lol Thanks for the inspiration! And beautiful shots!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Great photos!