Defending the strategically important Cumberland Sound at the very north eastern edge of Florida, work on Fort Clinch began in 1847. It remained unfinished during the Civil War and changed hands several times before it was finally completed 20 years after construction began. It was sporadically garrisoned and abandoned in the 1920s.
Check out our in-depth accompanying blog on the history of Fort Clinch here: http://armourersbench.com/2019/06/21/fort-clinch-florida
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