A useful book for anyone interested in America's coast defenses or in Civil War. The Nymas Review: A Publication of the New York Military Affairs Symposium

 …a fascinating and well-written blend of social, political, and military history of a historic site that few know about. Civil War News

 " Reid has provided an easily readable chronical of Fort Jefferson's unique past, and his work will be useful to those interested in but unfamiliar with this aspect of Florida." history." The Journal of Southern History

 " Students of nineteenth- century Florida can learn much. Recommended." H-Net Reviews