Our surroundings are powerful influencers on us. By standing in a place where historic events unfolded, and seeing, touching, smelling, and hearing everything around us, we can better connect with our past. Exploring Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island allows us to imagine what 1st Lieutenant Adam Slemmer and Colonel William Chase experienced on the eve of the American Civil War. Roaming Fort Massachusetts on West Ship Island we can envision the beginning of Admiral David G. Farragut’s campaign to capture New Orleans, Louisiana in 1862 and Mobile, Alabama in 1864. At Rosamond Johnson Beach on Perdido Key, we can reflect on Jim Crow segregation laws and how Americans chose to remember Private Rosamond Johnson, a black soldier who was killed while rescuing fellow soldiers during the Korean War.
Gulf Islands Historic Places
Last updated: June 13, 2019