Celebrate 152nd Anniversary of Battle of Mobile BayMobile Bay and Fort Morgan will celebrate the 152nd Anniversary of Mobile Bay August 6. This event highlights the integral role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every forty-five minutes in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstration will be on hand all day in the Fort’s Blacksmith Shop. There will be demonstrations of military drills, training as well as the firing of the cannons, and much more.
For those of you history buffs, this is where the early Native Americans settled and where Admiral David Farragut issued the infamous command “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Fort was recently designated as one of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites in America due to on-going shoreline erosion.
Admission will be as follows: ages 5 to 12 years $4.00 and ages 13 years and older $8.00. There is no charge for children under 6. http://dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/