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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War

recounts what happened in the Pensacola Bay just before the Civil War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam Slemmer knew his 51 troops could not defend all four of their forts if Southern troops attacked, so on the day Florida seceded from the Union, he moved all his troops into one: Fort Pickens. They watched across the channel as as Southern soldiers then moved into the other forts. And when the demand to surrender was delivered, Slemmer refused. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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