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Fort Jefferson: An Un-attacked Stronghold

It was in February 1861, just two months before the Civil War began, when seceding southern states began to seize control of federal forts after President James Buchanan denied them.  Fort Jefferson, despite being located in the Florida Keys, was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Storm Over Key West

Storm Over Key West: The Civil War and the Call of Freedom By Mike Pride Pineapple Press, 2020, $26.95 Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot A few months before the COVID pandemic hit I had the opportunity to travel to Key West, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

  Located 67 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida and comprised of 16 million bricks sits the still unfinished Third System Fort Jefferson. Construction began in 1846 and the installation was named after the third president of the … Continue reading

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