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28160. (panoramic photo) Fort Barrancas, Florida c.1900 by McMahan.

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28160. (panoramic photo) Fort Barrancas, Florida c.1900 by McMahan.

28160. (panoramic photo) Fort Barrancas, Florida c.1900 by McMahan. Large early 7 ½” x 32″ panoramic “bird’s eye view” photo of Fort Barrancas shows great detail of the Spanish American War era fort with Pensacola Lighthouse visible in the distance. Fort Barrancas stands on a site which has been the home for harbor fortifications since 1763, when the British built a fort. The United States began constructing fortifications at Pensacola in the 1820’s and Fort Barrancas was one of four fortifications constructed to defend the navy yard there. Fort Barrancas was designed with two roles. It acted as a harbor defense fort, forming a rough triangle at the entrance to the bay with Fort McRee and Fort Pickens. It also acted together with the Advance Redoubt to prevent troop movement to the navy yard from the mainland side. Fort Barrancas was involved in some of the Civil War battles around Pensacola. It was originally abandoned by Union troops, who moved to Fort Pickens. On November 22 and 23 of 1861, Union and Confederate forces engaged in an artillery duel between the harbor forts, firing 6000 shells. However, the ranges were extreme for the smoothbore weapons, and little damage was done by either side. Pensacola was abandoned by Confederate troops in May of 1862, and Fort Barrancas saw no further combat. Superb large, clear, close view would be wonderful framed. (lines of shading on my scan are not on original) (VG+). $145.