Just had the opportunity to stop here this past weekend. I have to say that i enjoyed it.
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
Situated on the tip of Dauphin Island at the entrance to Mobile Bay, Alabama, sits Fort Gaines. The fort was designed by General Simon Bernard. Construction was started in 1819 but was put on hold because of costs and the belief that the entrance to the harbor was too shallow to warrant the construction of a fort. In 1845 funds were made available and the work was completed by 1861. Needless to say, On August 5, 1864, The Union Navy under the command of Admiral David Farragut lead his fleet of ships into the harbor running the defenses of both Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan which is across the entrance at 3 miles distant.In hindsight, he proved that the harbor could be attacked. The Guns from both forts, the mine field at the harbor entrance, and the small squadron of ships including the CSS Tennessee put up a good fight.
|The North East bastion. Looking out into the Harbor.|
|Col. Charles D Anderson, commander of the Fort at the time of the battle.|
|The architecture is what I find amazing. A structure built so long ago still standing.|
|The Officers Mess hall.|
|Displays in the Fort Museum.|
|Uniform of the 21st Alabama Infantry Regt. This unit garrisoned both Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.|
|Three miles in the distance, Fort Morgan sits.|
|Directly off in the distance, Sand Island Lighthouse can be seen. The area of the lighthouse, built in 1838, is where the Union Navy formed up before they made their attack run.|
|The Fort from the outside.|
|The drive back to the mainland from Dauphin Island.|