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!
Experience all this and
more August 1-3, 2014, during the celebration of the
the Battle of Mobile Bay
and the Siege of Fort Morgan, Alabama.
History of Fort Morgan
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
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.
A third system masonry fort constructed between 1819
and 1834, the 479-acre site contains concrete
artillery batteries constructed between 1895 and
1904, and historic military buildings dating from
1899 to 1910. A museum details the American military
history of Mobile Point from 1814 to 1945. Exhibits
feature weapons, uniforms, letters, photographs, and
personal items of soldiers who served at the fort.
Site and Education Director
251-540-5257 or 251-540-7202
Everyday Fort Hours
Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Fort and Grounds
8 am- 5 pm Museum
9 am- 4:30 pm
Create Your Badge
College students, seniors
Children 6-12 $4
Active Military-service member
plus one person free with military ID; $3 per
Reserve and Retired -
free admission with military ID; $3 per
Blue Star Museum - Free admission for active
duty military and families between Memorial Day
and Labor Day.
Group rates available for
ten or more booked in advance. Teachers and bus
drivers free with school groups. Special group
rate for Baldwin County schools.
Call (251) 540-7127 to schedule.
tours are available daily June through August at 10 am and 3 pm.
On Wednesdays, only the 10 am tour is offered.
The fort is at the western end
of Highway 180, 22 miles west of Highway 59, in Gulf
Shores. It can also be reached from Dauphin Island
by way of the Mobile Bay auto ferry. The physical
address is 51 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL
Historic fort and artillery batteries,
museum, picnic area, bird sanctuary, fishing pier
and boat launch, auto ferry.
- Fort Bowyer/War of 1812 Living History
- Spring Bird Migration Watch
- Civil War Preservation Trust Park Day
- Tuesday Night Candlelight Tours
- Artillery Salute to American Independence
- Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Encampment
- Fall Bird Migration Watch
- Civil War Christmas at Fort Morgan
A reference library is available to teachers by
appointment. The site educator is available for
unique curricular needs or other special
requirements. Contact the education department at