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By Kevin McKinley
Guest ColumnistSt 

The Battle of Santa Rosa Island


May 31, 2018

Confederate brothers who fought for the Confederacy

By May, 1861 all the players were positioned for the opening battles around the Pensacola area. Since January 1861, peace had been loosely held in place by a gentleman's agreement between the outgoing administration in Washington and local officials. With the resupplying of Fort Pickens and events at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, the road to war was now open.

The first salvos of war occurred in early May when the Confederates were attempting to move a large floating dry dock from the Navy Yard to Pensacola. During the move the tow line broke and the dock drifted close to Fort Pickens. Lt. S...

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