Monday, September 20, 2010
September 20, 1864 - At Camp in Okaloosa County
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the camp was in the area that is now Fort Walton Beach. While most visitors think of the city as one of the major gateways to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, it also has a fascinating history and has one of the nicest heritage park areas in Florida.
The complex is a great place to explore coastal history, from prehistoric times to the early settlement of the area and development of its beautiful coastal areas. It is also a good place to view the general area of Asboth's camp. Here the day of the 20th was spent taking on additional supplies from the Lizzie Davis and preparing for the march to begin the next morning. The men prepared cooked rations and all was put in place for the real raid to begin. According to individual soldiers in the Union ranks, heavy rain continued.
To learn more about Fort Walton's Heritage Park and Cultural Center, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/fortwaltonbeach.