|Castillo de San Marcos (Fort Marion)|
As the situation in the nation quickly deteriorated in the final days before Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States, Florida moved rapidly to follow the secession lead of South Carolina.
With noted secessionist Edmund Ruffin of Virginia present, the delegates to the state's Secession Convention met in the Old Capitol building in Tallahassee and passed a resolution declaring their intent to take Florida out of the Union:
|Castillo de San Marcos (NPS Photo)|
With the fort, the Florida militia took possession of four 8-inch guns, sixteen older 32-pounders, six batteries of field artillery, more than 900 pounds of gunpowder and more than 150,000 prepared cartridges for small arms, as well as a variety of other ordnance and military supplies.
If you would like to read a detailed account of the seizure, please visit Civil War Florida.
The fort would be held by state troops and the Confederate army until the following year and, despite its age, remained a military post until the 20th century when it became a national park area. It is now Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and is visited by thousands of people each year. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/castillodesanmarcos1.