Fort Blakely, Alabama
Site of the Last Major Battle of the Civil War

Contributors: Ruth Beechem, Pensacola, Fl, George Hill, Conroe, TX & William Bozic, Houston, TX

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Panoramas: Ruth Beechem

July 2009: George Hill

May 2010: William Bozic

1. The 48th Ohio VVI at Fort Blakely by Don Worth
2. Battle Summary: Fort Blakely, AL
3. Fort Blakeley Alabama Civil War Battle
4. Battle Summary: Spanish Fort, AL
5. The Civil War in Alabama Homepage
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Map: USGS (Fort Blakely and area)
Map: Library of Congress (troop positions)

"Damn the torpedos. Full speed ahead!" With these words, Admiral Farragut led his fleet into Mobile Bay in August of 1864 and defeated the rebel defenders of Forts Morgan and Gaines near its entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. However, as spectacular as his victory was, federal forces were not yet ready to take on the formidable defenses of Mobile itself. This endeavor was to be postponed until the spring of 1865, when Gen. William T. Sherman, having completed his march to the sea, wrote to Gen. E. R. S. Canby suggesting he concentrate his attentions first on Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely on the eastern shore of bay, opposite the city of Mobile. Mobile's western approaches were heavily defended, and this strategy offered a better chance for success.

Canby planned to lead a 32,000 man contingent himself from Dauphin Island by boats and overland up the eastern side of the bay to invest Spanish Fort, while Gen. Frederick Steele was to lead 13,000 federal soldiers over a long, diversionary route from Pensacola, Florida to attack Fort Blakely from the north. The successful assault on Fort Blakely on April 9th, 1865 would have the distinction of being the last major battle of the Civil War, being fought just six hours after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. U. S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.

Don Worth, UCLA
May 9, 2002

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(5-02) 15th Massachusetts Battery, constructed April 6th of gabions, logs and earth. Three 12 pound Napoleons were placed here
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(5-02) Remnants of the 3rd parallel trenches from which the 83rd Ohio launched their attack on April 9th, 1865


(5-02) At 5:45pm on April 9th, the 83rd Ohio led the attack of Moore's Brigade, Andrews' Division on Redoubt #4 over this field
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