Fort Jacksonville

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Fort Jacksonville (1836-1851) - A Second Seminole War Fort established in 1836 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Abandoned in 1851.


The Second Seminole war began when Chief Osceola killed Indian Agent-General Wiley Thompson at Fort King and his men massacred Major Francis Dade's command of more than a hundred men, both events occurred on the same day, 28 Dec 1835. Following those events, a general alarm spread throughout Florida, and the settler communities were urged by their governor to build defenses.

Fort Jacksonville was a blockhouse built in Jacksonville in early 1836 after the Seminole attacks. The Fort was located at the northeast corner of present-day Ocean and Monroe streets. The Fort was constructed of logs as a large square room elevated high above the ground on a pedestal-like base. Gun-ports were provided for firearms on all sides and on the floor.

The blockhouse served as a defense against Indian attack until the end of the Second Seminole War and later as a place for worship.

Jacksonville also served an Army supply depot, a sub-commissary to the chief post at Middleburg.

Current Status

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Location: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

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Lat: 30.328339 Long: -81.655893

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