Fort Morgan Alabama Historical Site

by | Oct 2, 2019

While visiting Gulf Shores, AL we discovered the Fort Morgan Alabama Historic Site located on the point of Fort Morgan Peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay. This fort has an extensive history starting as Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812 then as Fort Morgan protecting this critical shipping lane from 1819 through the Civil War, WWI and WWII. The site is an amazing piece of military architecture with well-preserved seacoast fortifications along with the wide range of modifications made throughout this fort’s historic career.

    The Fort from 1819 – 1864

    The fort has changed much over the years. The original 1819 construction consisted of local brick along with granite, sandstone and ironwork shipped from New York. The fort was a key defense for the Confederate Army and in 1861 as a major defense for Mobile Bay. In 1864, the Union shelled the fort in one of the most intense bombardments of a single fort ever recorded during the Civil War with the Confederate army surrendering the following day.

    The Fort in WWI and WWII

    Starting in 1895 and until WWII, much of the fort saw new fortifications. During WWI, 2,000 troops were stationed at the Fort and a substantial expansion occurred to support the Army’s. And again in 1941, The US Navy occupied the fort to renew the coast defenses and in 1944, the fort was abandoned for the last time, officially ending its role as a coastal defense mission.

Today, you can walk the grounds of this historic fort. Visit the seacoast fortifications, talk to the many volunteers about life in the fort. The grounds offer an extensive museum of historical artifacts from life at the fort and it use over 125 years. The Fort Morgan Alabama Historical Site is a great way to spend part of a day enjoying the beautiful surrounding and a fortunate piece of American history not lost.

Additional information:

Fort Morgan Historical Site – http://www.fort-morgan.org/
Gulf Shores, AL – https://www.gulfshores.com/

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