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    Flea Across Florida set for Sept. 9 & 10!

    The annual Flea Across Florida is set for September 9 & 10! Florida’s longest yard sale, the event stretches along Historic Highway 90 (US 90) for more then 300 miles. Pensacola is the westernmost point and Macclenny (near Jacksonville) is the eastern end for this year’s sale. Flea Across Florida gives both businesses and individuals a chance […]

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    Survivors and their fates (July 28, 1816)

    The number of survivors from the explosion at Prospect Bluff continued to dwindle 200 years ago today as more of the badly wounded died from their injuries. This is the final article in a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. campaign to destroy the Fort at Prospect Bluff, Florida. Please click here to […]

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    The Deadliest Cannon Shot in American History (July 27, 1816)

    The Fort at Prospect Bluff was destroyed 200 years ago today. An estimated 270 men, women and children died in the explosion. This is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. campaign against the fort. Please click here to read the previous posts. U.S. Gunboats No. 149 and No. 154 left […]

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    Eve of Destruction at Prospect Bluff (July 26, 1816)

    Volcanic ash in the atmosphere gave the sun a blood-red appearance as it rose above the Apalachicola River 200 years ago today. It was an omen of the deadly destruction that would strike the Fort at Prospect Bluff in less than 24-hours. This article is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the […]

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    This lidar (laser radar) image shows the Apalachicola River at left. The slough and swamp that wrapped behind the fort are visible as "deep" areas in the right of the photos. Look closely just right of the river and you can see the faint outlines of the surviving earthworks of the fort.
    Clinch and Loomis at Bloody Bluff (July 25, 1816)

    The U.S. gunboats reached Bloody Bluff on the Apalachicola River 200 years ago today. The full-scale American assault on the Fort at Prospect Bluff (or “Negro Fort”) was now just three days away. This is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. attack on the Fort at Prospect Bluff. Please click […]

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    The Fort at Prospect Bluff as drawn by a Spanish officer in 1815. Notice that the octagonal citadel and angular water battery are shown, but not the large outer entrenchment.
    Gunboats on the Apalachicola River (July 24, 1816)

    The U.S. Navy began its move up the Apalachicola River 200 years ago today on July 24, 1816. U.S. Gunboats No. 149 and No. 154 were on their way to join the fighting at Prospect Bluff (or “Negro Fort”). This is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. attack on the […]

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    Cannon fire at Prospect Bluff (July 22, 1816)

    The sounds of an intensifying battle could be heard by U.S. sailors at Apalachicola Bay 200 years ago today on July 22, 1816. This is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. campaign against the Fort at Prospect Bluff (or “Negro Fort”). Please click here to access all of the articles […]

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    The Battle of Prospect Bluff, Day Two (July 21, 1816)

    The defenders of the Fort at Prospect Bluff (or “Negro Fort”) continued their bombardment of U.S. forces and Creek warriors 200 years ago today on July 21, 1816. This is part of a series marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. campaign to destroy the Fort at Prospect Bluff, Florida. Please click here to access […]