Fort Clinch is another one of those forts that never fired a shot, or received a shot. Built about 20 years before the Civil War, the Southerners never bothered to put the cannons in (probably why they lost the war. Plan ahead guys, if your going to poke the bear, be prepared). At the beginning of the Civil War the Confederates occupied the fort. When they heard that a regiment of Union soldiers were sailing down from New York, they abandoned the fort, allowing the Union troops to enter without resistance. The Union Soldiers fortified the fort with cannons and other defenses, but never were engaged by the Confederates.