Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Site of Fort McRee - Pensacola, Florida
The sandy point visible in the distance on the right side of this photograph was an important site during the Civil War on Pensacola Bay. This was the location of Fort McRee, the "lost fort" of Pensacola.
A brick fortification constructed between the years 1834 and 1839, Fort McRee was located directly across the entrance to Pensacola Bay from Fort Pickens. Combined, the two forts were designed to sweep the entrance of the bay with artillery fire should enemy ships attempt to force their way into the harbor.
The fort was severely damaged during the November 1861 Battle of Pensacola Bay and eventually was destroyed by the elements.
To learn more about Fort McRee, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com and look for the new heading for Pensacola, Florida.