Although it was never completely finished, Fort Jefferson, located in the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico, was intended to protect one of the deep water anchorages vital to the interests of the United States and to guard the Straits of Florida. Construction was carried on at Fort Jefferson from 1846 to 1875. After the Civil War, Fort Jefferson served as a prison, where Dr. Samuel Mudd, convicted as a conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, was held from 1865 to 1869.
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During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.