|The courtyard and tiers of Fort Point|
Many unemployed miners were among the 200 men who worked for eight years to construct the fort. The first cannon was mounted in 1861. Col. Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Department of the Pacific ordered the first troops to the fort, then resigned his commission, joined the Confederate Army and was killed at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.
|Enlisted men's quarters|
|The round bases held the cannons|
The other information I found interesting dealt with the way the harbor was protected. There were five cannons strategically placed about the harbor. If a ship made it through the first two situated at Fort Point and Lime Point directly across from one another, there were three more; Angle Island, Alcatraz, and Point San Jose situated in a way to take down any intruders.
|The solid rock circular stairway|
Being a person who is always interested in how people lived and the day to day necessities, I looked for the privies which were said to be on all levels. I decided they were there the rooms directly behind the stairways on either end of the fort. They were rooms with no windows and the doorway was boarded up. Only a small corridor from either side of the stairway gave access to the room.