Battle of Mobile Bay & Fort Gaines Photos

In the 1800s, Americans built forts on either side of the mouth of Mobile Bay, to protect this largest bay on the American Caribbean coast. With Secession, the Confederate South held the forts until Admiral David Farragut led his Union ships through the mines (then called torpedoes) to attack the forts from the rear on August 5, 1864 & capture Mobile. Farragut's words "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" arose from this Battle of Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines (1821) at end of Dauphin Island is the western fort & Fort Morgan sits at the eastern side of the Bay's mouth.

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Fort Gaines at entrance to Mobile Bay at end of Dauphin Island. AL.Canon view from Fort Gaines of opposite shore of mouth to Mobile Bay where Civil War Naval Battle took place. AL.Oil platform at mouth of Mobile Bay. AL.Ferry across mouth of Mobile Bay off Fort Gaines. AL.
Fort Gaines (1821) at entrance to Mobile Bay at end of Dauphin Island. AL. Architect: Joseph G. Totten. On National Register.Canon view from Fort Gaines of opposite shore of mouth to Mobile Bay where Civil War Naval Battle took place. AL.Oil platform at mouth of Mobile Bay. AL.Ferry across mouth of Mobile Bay off Fort Gaines. AL.
Grounds of Fort Gaines. AL.Brick building of Fort Gaines. AL.Canon at Fort Gaines. AL.Confederate Jefferson Davis unit's hat plate at Fort Gaines Museum. AL.
Grounds of Fort Gaines. AL.Brick building of Fort Gaines. AL.Canon at Fort Gaines. AL.Confederate Jefferson Davis unit's hat plate at Fort Gaines Museum. AL.
Etching of Farragut's Naval Victory in Mobile Harbor as the Hartford engages the Confederate Ram Tennessee at Fort Gaines Museum. AL.Painting of Battle of Mobile Bay at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.Etching of Battle of Mobile Bay at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens & pedestal by Stanford White in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.
Etching of Farragut's Naval Victory in Mobile Harbor as the Hartford engages the Confederate Ram Tennessee at Fort Gaines Museum. AL.Painting of Battle of Mobile Bay at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.Etching of Battle of Mobile Bay at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument (1881) by Augustus Saint-Gaudens & pedestal by Stanford White in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.
Admiral Farragut Statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens & pedestal by Stanford White in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.Detail of pedestal of Admiral Farragut Monument with draped woman & dedication. New York, NY.Detail of pedestal of Admiral Farragut Monument with mourning woman & hero's life history. New York, NY.
Admiral Farragut Statue (1880) by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument (1881) by Augustus Saint-Gaudens & pedestal by Stanford White in Madison Square Park. New York, NY.Detail of pedestal of Admiral Farragut Monument with draped woman & dedication. New York, NY.Detail of pedestal of Admiral Farragut Monument with mourning woman & hero's life history. New York, NY.

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