Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Fort Pickens” in chapter 1 of Col. J. J. Dickison, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 11.2, Florida:
...anding the entrance to the harbor of Pensacola was of vital importance to the safety of the seceding States on the Gulf of Mexico.
No other place on the Gulf was safe while the Federal troops held Fort Pickens , an almost impregnable stronghold, which could be taken only by an effective force and by bold and skillful movement.
The importance of Pensacola to Alabama in a military point of view rendered i...
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