Fort Harrison, Florida

 

Fort Harrison, Florida Historic Marker courtesy Fort Wiki

Fort Harrison, Florida Historic Marker courtesy Fort Wiki

Fort Harrison, Florida was a U.S. Army post established in April 1841 during the Second Seminole War by Major William Hoffman and 6th U.S. Infantry troops.

It was located on a bluff 25 feet above Clearwater Harbor about 30 miles west of Fort Brooke. From two to seven companies of the 6th U.S. Infantry were stationed at the fort during its occupancy under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Gustavus Loomis of that regiment. The post served as a U.S. Army recovery center for sick and wounded troops. In September 1841, five companies of troops were transferred back to Fort Brooke and Fort Harrison was abandoned the next month.

Today, the site is private property located in the Harbor Oaks development of Clearwater, Florida. A historic marker designates the site at 802 Druid Road South.

Compiled by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated October 2018.

Also See:

Florida Forts

Forts Across America

Forts Photo Gallery

Seminole Wars

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