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Inside This Issue
• Hello to Kari Greene, Our Office Manager page 1
• Make the Grade!
• It’s a Nice Day for Teeth Whitening page 2
• The Truth About Sparkling Water
• Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches page 3
• Peace and KA-BOOM page 4
Peace and KA-BOOM
Pensacolamay be peaceful now, but in November of 1861, it was a different story. Union and Confederate troops chased each other all over the region, culminating in a two-day barrage between Fort Pickens and Forts Barrancas and McRee—a fusillade that ended with Confederate withdrawal from the area the next year. Both Fort Pickens and Fort McRee were built in the 1830s as part of an effort by the United States to strengthen the defenses around its major ports. Fort Barrancas had amuch older history, dating back to Spanish occupation (although it was destroyed several times before its involvement in the Civil War).
When the war broke out, the Union commander at Fort Barrancas abandoned it for themore-defensible Fort Pickens. He took what he could with himand sabotaged themunitions and gunpowder that he couldn’t bring to Fort Pickens. He did the same thing to Fort McRee, leaving his small force well-armed and dug in at Fort Pickens. The Confederate forces quickly occupied the now-abandoned Forts Barrancas and McRee, and tensions rose in the area until October 1861, when the Confederacy attempted to take Fort Pickens. The attempt failed, but hostilities remained. Then, on November 22 and 23, Confederate troops at Forts
Barrancas and McRee found themselves under heavy shelling from the Union forces at Fort Pickens as well as Union naval vessels. Although Union forces held onto Fort Pickens throughout the war, the Confederates made a strategic withdrawal from the Pensacola area in 1862 after losing NewOrleans to the Union. They burned Fort McRee, but left Barrancas intact. Today, you can easily visit all three forts — located just minutes fromdowntown Pensacola.
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