Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fort Bowyer On The Gulf Coast

Colonel Nicholls's object, and the British plan of the invasion, were beginning with the capture of that fortress, [Bowyer] thence, and from Mobile and Pensacola, all convenient to Bermuda, Havana, and other bases of arsenals and granaries of the expedition in that region, to possess themselves of a large part, if not the whole of the territories of the United States south and west of the thirteen old States.

Scene From The Panhandle Of Florida

The value of Fort Bowyer for that purpose had been overlooked till Jackson took command of that military district, when, at once perceiving its importance he had it partially prepared for defence. In the campaign which began and ended at Fort Bowyer, General Jackson acted without specific, if indeed any orders, sometimes almost against orders, performing exploits of warfare and civil administration which paved his way to the presidency. [Source]

Fort Bowyer -- the site of the last battle of the War of 1812.

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