Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Fort Marion - St. Augustine, Florida (Part Five)
This is the last of a series of historic photographs of the Castillo de San Marcos (once called Fort Marion) in St. Augustine, Florida.
Taken during the final years of the Civil War when Union troops occupied the fort, it shows the stairs leading up to the gun deck. Originally a ramp used to pull artillery up to the top of the fort, it had been converted into a staircase years before.
A couple of things about this picture are of special interest. Notice the soldiers standing at the top of the stairs and the tents behind them. Also, if you look under the arch of the stairs you can see a stack of cannon. These were some of the original Spanish guns of the fort. Obsolete by the time of the Civil War, they were still part of the inventory of the post.
Fort Marion remained a U.S. Army post for most of the 19th century, but is now preserved by the National Park Service and is open to the public daily as the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. If you are interested in learning more about the Castillo and other historic sites in St. Augustine, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/staugustine1.