Sunday, September 14, 2008
Civil War in Panama City - Conclusion
Concluding our series on the Civil War in and around Panama City, Florida, the war quietly came to an end there in the spring of 1865.
Although there was some Union consideration of launching a major raid into the interior from St. Andrew Bay, the attack never took place.
The only significant incursion from the bay was a small naval raid launched up Bear Creek in January of 1865. A party of sailors crossed over the portage from the head of the creek into the Chipola River and eventually captured small detachments of Confederate soldiers at Ricco's Bluff and Fort Gadsden on the Apalachicola River. The expedition resulted in no casualties from either side.
Despite the massive growth and development that have taken place in the Panama City area, especially during the 20th and 21st centuries, traces of the area's Civil War past can still be found. The bayfront at old St. Andrew is still open to the public and a marker on Beach Drive there tells the story of the St. Andrew skirmish. Also along Beach Drive, not far from the downtown area, visitors can see a preserved salt kettle in a small but beautiful park area.