Discussion Civil War Defenses of the St. Johns River - Fort Steele, Mayport, Florida

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fltelman

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Fort Steele
(1861 - 1862, 1864), Mayport, Florida

A Confederate log fort at St. Johns Point, one mile east of town. It was abandoned as the Union forces arrived in March 1862. Rebuilt by the Union in 1864. The site was excavated in the 1990's. Located on U.S. Navy property, public access restricted.
https://www.northamericanforts.com/East/fl.html

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(Jacksonville Historical Society)

In August of 1861, the Florida Light Infantry erected a fort at the mouth of the St. Johns River at Mayport mills. This palmetto-log bastion known as Fort Steele was meager at best, and it was easily captured by Union trrops, who held this strategic location for most of the war.

This photo is believed to be the windswept Union camp on the dunes at Mayport Mills, where the U.S. Signal Corps kept a watchful eye on ships entering the river.

There were several other costal defenses located in the area:
Little Talbot Island Fort
Yellow Bluff Fort
St. Johns Bluff Fort
 
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