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.
Harpers Ferry Historical Park Offers Something for Everyone, Including Nature Lovers, Civil War Buffs, and Civil Rights Enthusiasts. More »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.