Olustee Battlefield

When Florida seceded in February 1861, it was a sparsely populated backwater with little military significance. Traded several times between Spain and England and purchased by the United States in 1821, it had only become a state less than 20 years ago, in 1845. During the war, it supplied a few regiments to the Confederate … More Olustee Battlefield

Audubon Bird Sanctuary

The Audubon Bird Sanctuary, on Dauphin Island near Mobile AL, contains a wide variety of habitats ranging from wetlands to pine flatlands to oak uplands to dunes and beachfront. Some photos from a visit. ​Inside the Sanctuary ​Red-Eared Sliders. “Boy” has met “Girl”. ​Great Blue Heron fishes for his lunch ​Kestrel ​The first wild Alligator … More Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath made his fortune as a Coca Cola bottler in the 1930s. His house and gardens are now a museum. Some photos from a visit. The garden grounds One of several fountains One of several ponds A grotto Greenhouse Orchids Inside the house  

Fort Blakely

After the Battle of Mobile Bay, the Union occupied Forts Morgan and Gaines to control the flow of shipping in and out of the harbor, but did not move on the city of Mobile itself. But both sides knew that an eventual assault on the city was inevitable. The Confederates poured what resources they could … More Fort Blakely