Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some More Fort Monroe News

"Army leaves Chesapeake's historic Fort Monroe" from Sept. 15th CBS News.

The deactivation ceremony for the fort was held September 15th, ending nearly 200 years of military presence at the post.

The fort was the home of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. Most of its last garrison will be transferred to nearby Fort Eustis.

Full transfer to the State of Virginia will not be complete until 2012. The state has already opened the fort and beaches to the public.

From the Sept. 20th WAVY TV 10

CASEMATE MUSEUM at Fort Monroe is still open and will be every day from 10:30 am except holidays, this according to an agreement between the Army and the Fort Monroe Authority.

The museum opened in 1951 and has exhibits on the Civil War contraband slave decision, the Battle of the Ironclads, history of the fort and of the Coast Artillery Corps. Admission is free. The cell occupied by Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the war is also part of the museum.

Glad to have the Fort as a Museum. --Old B-Runner

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