|Fort Taylor (Florida State Archives)|
January 14, 1861
As news of the secession of Florida and the seizures of forts and other facilities by state troops drifted into the island city of Key West, concern grew among the military officers there that an attempt might be made by secessionist forces on Fort Taylor.
Started in 1845 as a defense for the harbor at Key West, Fort Taylor was designed to mount three tiers of artillery and the original structure towered over the harbor. Still under construction by 1861, it was nearing completion. The engineer in charge of the project, Captain E.B. Hunt, had assembled a force of 60 workmen who were loyal to the Union and pledged to defend the fort, as well as 20 artillerymen who had come into the work to drill on artillery.
|Fort Taylor in 1861|
If you would like to learn more about Fort Taylor, which is now a Florida State Park, please visit: www.forttaylor.org or www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor.