Fort Brooke was one of the frontline defenses of Tampa and the western Florida coast during the three Seminole Wars, of which the fort was attacked by the Seminoles one at least one occasion. Fort Brooke is most famous for the Battle of Fort Brooke, which took place in October of 1863. The fort was attacked by two Union ships during that attack, but the Union Navy's goal was not to take the fort. Instead, this attack was meant to tie up Confederate defenders while they landed troops at at Ballast Point and captured other ships that were located upriver from the fort. A year later Union forces captured both the fort and Tampa. As Tampa languished during the post-war years, so too did the fort. The fort was decommissioned in 1883.