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Spanish American War Event at Fort Clinch

Mar 27, 2015 02:00AM
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Clinch State Park will host a weekend event to commemorate the part that Fort Clinch played in the Spanish-American War. The event is held on Saturday April 18 and Sunday morning April 19. The fort will be filled with uniformed interpreters and participants will also be able to enjoy exhibits of the armament and period military equipment.

The site of Fort Clinch on Amelia Island at the entrance to the St. Marys River and Cumberland Sound has been occupied by various military troops since 1736. Construction of the existing fort was begun in 1847 as part of the Third American System building program, which also included Fort Pulaski further up the coast in Georgia. A pentagonal brick fort with both inner and outer walls, Fort Clinch was a safe haven for blockade runners during the Civil War. Briefly occupied by Confederate forces, its recapture by Federal troops in early 1862 gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts. The fort was used in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, but was abandoned until the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) restored it in the 1930s. A Florida State Park, Fort Clinch is interpreted as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.

Fees include the $6.00 per vehicle Park entrance fee plus $2 per person Fort admission. For additional information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org.