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Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore


1400 Fort Pickens Road
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561, USA

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Fort Pickens was one of four forts in the South to remain in Union control throughout the war. It exchanged artillery fire on Nov. 22-23, 1861 with Confederate batteries at Fort McRee and Fort Barrancas, and on Jan. 1-2, 1862 with Fort Barrancas. The fort served briefly as a prison for Confederate soldiers and civilian political prisoners. The Battle of Santa Rosa Island was fought one mile east of the fort on October 10, 1861.