Camp Milton was constructed in 1864 under guidance of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. Its intended purpose was to mass Confederate troops outside of Jacksonville in order to draw out and engage the occupying U.S. troops, and to protect the Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Coast Railroad which ran east throught the state Capital and on to Quincy in northwest Florida.
Camp milton was fortified by a long line of earthen and wood breastworks and was constantly harrassed by U.S. troops. At one time housing some 8,000 confederate troops, this important camp is now preserved since April of 2001 by the City of Jacksonville as the Camp Milton Historic Preserve. At the site you will find a number of informative interpretive waysides along an impressive trail system. The trails lead to a small wooded area where part of the once extensive earthworks that defended Camp Milton are preserved today.
The preserve is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.
The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past.
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