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Postby Zachary » Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:24 pm


During the Civil War, a number of Lighthouses were destroyed, including many in Texas. At this time they were not considered historical structures. The reason these lights were destroyed was to keep the other side from using them, either as watchtowers, lights, or other. Keeping all this in mind when you answer, do you think that destroying all the lights they did was wrong?

My answer is no, at that time both sides only did what they had to to keep an advantage.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:19 pm


I'd probably have to say just what you did, the whole time, wishing it could have been prevented.

Sadly, this happened to many lighthouses all over the south.

Here's an accounting of what happened at Tybee Island Light Station and nearby Ft. Pulaski
http://www.tybeelighthouse.org/third.htm

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Postby Hersh » Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:55 pm


At a time like that, survival of one's nation was the primary concern, and they did what they had to. Lighthouses are just a small example of the historical (even at the time) buildings that were lost. It almost seems trivial to talk about buildings when you think of how many lives were needlessly lost.

Even at that, it is definitely a shame that we lost those lighthouses.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:15 pm


In a time like that, you do what you have to do. So many lenses were hidden, destroyed, and lost as well.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:04 pm


The southern troops had little choice but to torch many of them.
With Sherman and Sheridan blazing through the south and the
confederates having virtually no navy, what else could they do
at the time? It bought the southern forces a little time, but not
much when all is said and done.

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Postby plebetkin » Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:14 am


read The Lost Light the Mystery of the Cape Hatteras Freswnel Lens for how the south tried to dismantle and protect lenses from tghe various lighthouses in NC wthout the north being able to relight them. There was much care of the lenses to save them
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Postby Hersh » Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:46 pm


That book is definitely worth a read, a very interesting story of this very situation. And of course, it has a happy ending, as we have seen the recovered lens right here on this site!!
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Postby Gary Martin » Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:38 pm


That is a superbly well written book. It's out of the realm of what I normally read but that was one book I couldn't put down when I read it.
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