Thursday, May 8, 2008
Apalachicola River, Part Nine
This is part nine of a continuing series on Civil War sites along Florida's Apalachicola River. To read the previous posts, please visit the Archives area.
These are some of the earthworks of the Confederate artillery battery at Torreya State Park. In addition to its other features, the park preserves the remains of the six cannon emplacement constructed by Southern troops to defend the Apalachicola.
The battery at Torreya was the northernmost of a series of fortifications constructed to defend the river from Union attack. It is also the best preserved and easiest to visit. The installation never came under fire, but Bonaud's Artillery Battalion from the battery was sent east by rail during the Federal invasion of 1864 and took part in the Southern victory at the Battle of Olustee.
To read more about the battery at Torreya and see additional photographs, please look back through the archives to see a series I did on the site a few months back. To learn more about the park itself, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/torreyastatepark.