“Efficiently garrisoned as any in the department”: Evaulation of USCT troops in Florida

Bear with me for another “backwater of Florida” post here.  This has some sesquicentennial timing, as I like to incorporate here.  It also works into the USCT experience that I like to highlight as we proceed through the sesquicentennial. On September 5, 1864, Colonel Charles Brayton, Chief of Artillery for the Department of the South,Continue reading ““Efficiently garrisoned as any in the department”: Evaulation of USCT troops in Florida”

Castillo de San Marcos

I’ve featured several cannons (8-inch seacoast howitzers, 8-inch siege howitzers, 24-pdr field howitzers, and 32-pdr seacoast guns) located at the old Castillo de San Marcos over the last few weeks.  Time to formally introduce the fort! The fort has a long and interesting history, which I’ll briefly mention on the way to the Civil WarContinue reading “Castillo de San Marcos”