Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fort Pickens, Florida

Fort Pickens is a pentagonal historic United States military fort on Santa Rosa Island in the Pensacola, Florida, area. It is named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. The fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947. Fort Pickens is currently part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and as such, is administered by the National Park Service.

Adam J. Slemmer, 43, was the now almost-forgotten U.S. Army lieutenant in command of Fort Pickens, Fla., which was also menaced by the Confederates in 1861. The diminutive, bespectacled Pennsylvanian took an aggressive stand against the enemy, rejecting surrender demands and almost daring the rebels to attack.

Despite repeated Confederate military threats to it, Fort Pickens was one of the few Southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the Civil War.

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