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The Civil War and Key West

Did you know that while Florida seceded and joined the Confederate States of America, Key West remained in Union hands because of our naval base? Even though Key West was technically apart of the Union, most Key Westerners were Confederate sympathizers and many even flew Confederate flags over their homes. Nevertheless, Fort Zachary Taylor, and the East and West Martello Towers served as side armories and batteries, which were very important as a Union outpost during the war.

An aerial picture of modern Fort Zachary Taylor.

An aerial picture of modern Fort Zachary Taylor.

 

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