“Damn the torpedoes & go full speed ahead!”
It is a chance of a lifetime. Tall ships charging through Mobile Bay, artillery booming, and northern and southern troops fighting to win one of the most important shipping cities in the south. Watch re-created naval battles, especially one where a union admiral called for his troops to "damn the torpedoes" and go full speed ahead! Completed in 1834, Fort Morgan was active during four wars the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. The fort is most famous for its role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead to win the battle. The massive fort contains more than 40 million bricks and pays tribute to the skilled masons, many of whom were enslaved African Americans. The fort features an active living history program that interprets all the military periods and holds an annual event commemorating the Battle of Mobile Bay. Since 1834 Fort Morgan has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay. The military site and National Historic Landmark is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores. During the Civil War on August 5, 1864, Fort Morgan played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay before surrendering to Union forces after a two-week siege. Alabama's largest permanent military post between 1900 and 1923, the fort served during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II.
An awesome place to visit if you're into history- however, I would recommend not visiting during the dog days of summer- as my family once mistakenly did during our vacation in Gulf Shores. The heat was ungodly.
I love visiting and touring forts and Ft. Morgan did not disappoint. Small but nice museum, and brochure for taking your own tour. I enjoyed the several hours I spent there.
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