On April 21-23, 2017, Color Bearer members from across the country gathered in Pensacola, Florida, for our annual Thank You Weekend. They were invited to join exclusive tours, listen to keynote speakers, and participate in history discussions. With battles from four different wars taking place in and around the area, Pensacola is rich with U.S. military history and served a terrific setting for the weekend.
With the likes of Andrew Jackson, Braxton Bragg, and Bernardo Galvez leading campaigns in the area, military actions at Pensacola set the stage for the Battle of New Orleans, thwarted the British plans to reinforce Lord Charles Cornwallis’s army at Yorktown, and hampered the consolidation of Confederate forces in West Florida. On top of it all, Naval Air Station Pensacola helped train thousands of Naval, Marine, and Coast Guard aviators that served our country from the First World War to today’s War on Terror.
Color Bearers received an exclusive tour at the National Naval Aviation Museum, as well as Fort Barrancas and Fort Pickens two of the four forts that guarded Pensacola at the outbreak of the Civil War. Color Bearers walked the well-preserved grounds, and learned the story of local confederates who attempted to take the fort on the evening of October 9, 1861 but were defeated at the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.
Once again, everyone had another unforgettable weekend of history and fun! Check out photos of the event below:
(13 photos in gallery)
Color Bearer Welcome Reception
Starting the weekend out right! Sunset dinner on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.
Historian Dr. Brian Rucker and Trust President, Jim Lighthizer
Dr. Brian Rucker gave the opening history talk: “Pensacola As a Battleground: The City of Five Flags.”
Color Bearers visit Fort Pickens
On Saturday, half the Color Bearers went on the "Pensacola's Coastal Fortifications" tour, visiting Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt.
Fort Pickens, named in honor of Revolutionary War Major General Andrew Pickens, was one of the four forts that guarded Pensacola at the outbreak of the Civil War.
Touring the vast, well-preserved grounds at Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens, on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Florida, was completed in 1834, it remained in use until 1947.
Inside Fort Pickens
Color Bearers listening to an NPS ranger inside Fort Pickens, one of the forts of the Gulf Island National Seashore.
Color Bearers witness a musket demonstration at Fort Pickens.
National Historic Landmark Fort Barrancas overlooks Pensacola Bay.
Inside Fort Barrancas
Stairway to the Artillery Room at Fort Barrancas.
Color Bearers received exclusive access to the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas, built between 1845 and 1870 as part of a defensive network for the Pensacola Navy Yard.
A closer look at historic Graffiti at the Advanced Redoubt.
The Julee Cottage (ca 1805) was home to one of Pensacola’s free women of color.
Thank You from the Staff
Bonnie Repasi / Civil War Trust
Civil War Trust staff at the Color Bearer Weekend, Pensacola Beach.