Comment: 1862. "The Final Battle of Tampa" Petition to be a park forever!

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1862. "The Final Battle of Tampa" Petition to be a park forever!

The Final Battle For Fort Brooke, Tampa Florida Drawings, Pictographs, Platte Map, Formal Petition & Response

The final battle for Fort Brooke lasted over 20 years, but it was not fought with cannon, gun nor sword. It was fought with mightier weapons -- the pen, the word, capital and the law.

In the Special Collections department of the University of South Florida Library are two old documents -- petitions -- that inadequately tell a fascinating story; the long dispute over the title to the Fort Brooke Military Reservation land after it was decommissioned by the military in 1882.

Many Tampans desired that this land should not be developed for commerce or industry, but instead set aside as a public park for its great natural beauty. It would be a great opportunity for the town to have such a scenic landscape adjacent to downtown.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul