Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Last week we stayed down Fort Morgan Road. Fort Morgan is at the end of this road. It is is historic fort located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, it faces Fort Gaines which is on the opposite side of Mobile Bay on Dauphin Island. These forts were to protect Mobile from keeping enemies outside of the bay. This is already a long post, so I won't go into all of the historical content here. You need to click HERE to read all about Fort Morgan on Wikipedia. The fort was very well thought out an planned.
The first Alabamian to die in the Civil War
A view from top of the fort
and again..
and again....:)
Here is a photo of what part of the fort looked like after a Union attack
A view through the main entrance
Three ghosts I found in the fort
This was really interesting to me (you can click on the photo to enlarge so you can read it). It basically was a HUGE gun that took 84 people to load & fire it.....and they never used it in battle.....hmmmm yet another waste of government money. This thing was HUGE...this is the area it took up............
It looked like an amphitheater it was so big
Here is a photo of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The red dot on the left is Fort Gaines, the red dot on the right is Fort Morgan. This shows the path of the ships during Mobile Bay. Fort Morgan became well known during the Civil War, when Union Admiral D.G. Farragut lead a fleet to close the bay. During the attack, the U.S.S. Tecumseh struck a mine, and in the confusion, the fleet hesitated under the guns of Fort Morgan, prompting Farragut to order "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!". I bet ya'll didn't know that!!!!!!!
Of course I was looking for flowers.....shouldn't be a surprise. I came across this vine growing out of the cracks on the side of the fort.
A BAD view of Sand Island Light house from the fort
This poor guy has to go out in 97 degree heat once a day at 2pm and shoot a gun!!!!!!!! With all those clothes on. It made me realize (not that I didn't already) that our troops do this every day is much worse conditions. He was lucky enough to wear this for about 15 minutes and take it off. I wanted to shoot his gun, but he didn't seem to think that I could....well little does he know I am Annie Oakley!
These steps were VERY VERY STEEP! I couldn't imagine running up them
Living quarters for the generals
Checkers anyone?
Taking a break with the ghosts
Some photos in the museum of the fort from the Civil War
Here are some various types of artillery that was used.
Some of the dishes they used for the generals
It is a really interesting place. I love history and the history of buildings. I can only imagine the things that happened here, men playing cards, carrying on, running around trying to blow ships up, etc. I have a very vivid, creative imagination.....The Hunter makes fun of it all the time.
I hope ya'll enjoyed your quick tour of Fort Morgan.


Darla said...

Thanks for the tour and the History lesson. I bet it was very interesting to see first hand. Taking a break from working in the 100 degree weather!

Jesikarena said...

Annie Oakley! You are a girl with a lot of talents! I love historical places. To be able to put yourself in there shoes and imagine what they may have felt. Its too bad I didn't care this much back in history class.

Becca's Dirt said...

I love to visit all three of our forts. Like you I can imagine what these guys might have been doing during their down time. The forts have so much interesting information. I also love history.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi DP, I have a great imagination also --when it comes to seeing old places like this. I always wonder what the people did who were there.

My hubby loves forts ---so he would love this one. The last fort we visited was Fort Pulaski near Savannah. SO interesting.


Kim and Victoria said...

We seem so far from civil war history here in Idaho.

Teresa said...

I really enjoyed your tour. I love history. Looks like so much fun.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I love places like that! So cool! Thanks for the tour. BTW - those steep stairs would have freaked me out. :o -Jackie

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