|The Tower Bastion at Fort Pickens|
The capture was detailed in a letter that an Alabama soldier dated from Pensacola on March 31, 1862. It was published in newspapers across the South and offered a rare insight into the dangerous role played by African Americans in Florida as they collected information for the Union army:
|Fort Barrancas, as seen across the bay from Fort Pickens|
The account indicates the unfortunate prisoner was executed in Pensacola on April 1, 1862. His name was lost to history.
|Walls of Fort Pickens|
Others, like the individual captured 150 years ago today, undertook missions behind enemy lines for the Federals and more than one paid with his life.
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