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America's fortress : a history of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida

Author: Thomas Reid
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2006.
Series: Florida history and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"America's Fortress is the history of a little-known military outpost and prison that has stood at the western extreme of the Florida Keys for over 150 years. Once known as the "American Gibraltar," Fort Jefferson on Garden Key was the most heavily armed coastal defense fort in United States history. When new naval guns made the massive but still incomplete fort obsolete, Fort Jefferson became the nation's leading
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Reid
ISBN: 0813030196 9780813030197
OCLC Number: 70265658
Description: xii, 163 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Defender of a young America : 1824-1859 --
2. A union threatened and the outbreak of war : 1860-1861 --
3. Bad rations and boredom in paradise : 1862 --
4. Construction, convicts, and the Pennsylvania volunteers : 1863 --
5. War's end and the arrival of the conspirators : 1864-1865 --
6. The nation's most notorious prison : 1866-1868 --
7. The fortress abandoned : 1869-1874 --
App. A. Fort Jefferson's superintending engineers --
App. B. Fort Jefferson's commanding officers.
Series Title: Florida history and culture series.
Responsibility: Thomas Reid.
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Known as the ""American Gibraltar,"" Fort Jefferson, located in the Dry Tortugas, Florida, was the most heavily armed coastal defense fort in US history. This work offers the architectural, military,  Read more...

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