The wife and I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Florida. En-route home, we stopped in Pensacola, FL for 3 days. I will be sharing photos from earlier in the trip but in this Blog posting I want to share images we captured at Fort Pickens, FL which is situated on the barrier island of Santa Rosa just miles South of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola where we put our heads down for 3 nights.
A little history . . . Fort Pickens was named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens; the fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947. It was constructed as a result of vulnerabilities along America's shores which were exploited by the British forces during the War of 1812. The fort was designed for over 200 cannons, built with over 21.5 million bricks and could withstand possible attack on all 5 faces. For approximately 2 years, Geronimo, noted leader of the Apaches, and 15 other Apache men and their families were imprisioned at Fort Pickens. This fort was one of 4 forts in the South to remain in Union control throughout the war. For you history buffs, there is truly a great deal to learn here and it's a great place to visit. For additional information on the history of Fort Pickens go here.
Hope you enjoy the pictures . . .
"Fife and Drum" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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