Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Fort Marion - St. Augustine, Florida (Part Four)
This is another Civil War era photograph of the Castillo de San Marcos (then called Fort Marion) in St. Augustine. It is taken from the collections of the Library of Congress.
This photograph shows the interior of the fort and was taken looking south across the courtyard or parade ground to the interior of the sally port or gate.
Visible are piles of cannonballs and a battery of field artillery housed in the old fort by Union forces. Notice also the tents on top of the walls. Soldiers camped there to catch fresh air and stay out of the damp interior rooms of the old stone fort.
The old castillo was an active military post for more than 200 years. The U.S. Army continued to occupy it after the Civil War and it was not until around the turn of the century that it was finally considered surplus and abandoned.
The oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States, the fort became a national monument during the early 20th century and its original Spanish name - Castillo de San Marcos - was resorted.
To learn more about the old fort, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/castillodesanmarcos.