Of the numerous forts, battlefields and museum that we have visited, Fort Morgan in Alabama is the worst. The fort was used during the War of 1812, the Civil War, WWI and WWII. The museum was unorganized, with the different war information intermingled with each other.
The fort itself was not kept up, with sparse markings. For example, this piece
located in the center and in a prominent position in the fort was unidentified. Nevertheless, here is what I was able to piece together about the fort:
Fort Morgan is a historic masonry star fort at the mouth of Mobile Bay. (You know what a star fort is, Fort McHenry). Mobile Bay is an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. The post was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan, born July 6, 1736. He was an American pioneer, soldier, and United States Representative from Virginia and one of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War.
There has been some sort of fortification on this site since March, 1780 when the Spanish occupied this area. During the War of 1812, the fort was occupied by US forces, and called Fort Bowyer. In February, 1815, the British Royal Navy overran the Fort (I wonder if they exclaimed “Remember New Orleans!”?). They returned the fort to the United States the next month when they learned the Treaty of Ghent had been signed.
The fort was refortified in 1833 and renamed Fort Morgan. In 1861 the confederate Alabama State Militia seized Fort Morgan from the U.S. Government. The fort remained in Southern hands until August 23, 1864 when the Union forces threw the Confederates out in the only battle that took place here.
Over the ensuing years the fort was used off and on until 1947 when the US Government deeded the fort to the State of Alabama for use as a historical park. During the last 70 years they have done a poor job.
The fort is actually crumbling:
Barbara re-inacts being a lookout at the fort.
We took a short trip to Perdido Key, Florida, so Barbara could dip her piggies in the Gulf of Mexico.
Biloxi, Mississippi to Gulf Shore, Alabama 110.3 miles
2 hours 42 minutes