2010) Enlarge Historic Blakely
Alabama State Park Entrance
This is the sign at the entrance to Blakely Battlefield and the historic
ghost town of Blakely Alabama, but this is also a recreation area and
nature area. There is no museum on-site for the battle but there is a
nature center as well as areas for camping and boating.
Blakely is located on Alabama Route #225 a little north of mile marker 4
in Baldwin County, Alabama.
According to information in the self-guided auto-tour, three Union
soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their performance in the
attack on CSA Redoubt #4 at Fort Blakely.
Lt. Thomas L.H. Payne Quartermaster, 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Regt. for gallantry.
1st Sgt Joseph Sticels Co. "A" 83rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regt. for
capturing a CSA battleflag.
Lt. Col. Victor Vifquain 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regt. for
capturing a CSA battle flag.
On the May 30, 2010 visit I did not see any memorials nor monuments to
these men or regiments other than mention in the self-guided tour.
2010) Enlarge The Civil War
Preservation Trust in concert with other groups saved 67 acres that were
added to this state park. The trenches have been left just as they were so
there is a great feeling of discovery as a person walks in the
Enlarge 15th Massachusetts's
Views from behind and to the northern side of the 15th Massachusetts'
Battery taken on May 29, 2010.
From information in a park self-guided tour sheet, this was constructed on
April 6, 1865 of gabions, logs, and earth by work parties, this position
held three 12-pounder Napoleons that pounded Confederate Redoubt #4 at 500
yards. At daybreak on April 7, 1865 the guns in this position were
silenced by superior shell fire of the Confederate artillery. More work
and some rebuilding was necessary before the guns here were again able to
provide effective fire.
This site is at the tail-end of the park tour road next to the CWPT sign.
Other than a pole with the number "12", which corresponds to the
self-guided tour number, there are no interpretive signs, nor monuments.
Enlarge 15th Massachusetts's
2010) Enlarge Union 3rd Parallel
of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XIII Army Corps
According to the park's self-guided tour this trench adjacent to the 15th
Massachusetts's Battery Redoubt was developed by Moore's Brigade of
Andrew's Division consisting of the following regiments:
83rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry
34th Iowa Volunteer Infantry
37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
This position is 500 yards in front of the Confederate line of resistance
which would place it in range of Confederate rifles.
There is a note on the brochure for Tour Stop # 10 which states " NOTE:
The 2nd and 3rd parallels or trenches, were 250 and 400 yards respectively
to the east. They are now non-existent like most Civil War trenches in the
nation, fallen to 100 years of plowing." The photo is actually not exactly
at the #10 stop, rather it is on the other side of the 15th Mass. Battery,
which is a continuation of the same trench reference in Tour Stop #10.
2010) Enlarge CSA Lines at
Some of the CSA Redoubt #4 and the area around it is left to nature. On
May 30, 2010 more photos were taken but the overgrowth was such that the
photos appear to be just views of nature, rather than a Confederate
According to the information in the self-guided tour, the following losses
were taken in the siege of Blakely and assault on Redoubt #4.
Confederate (estimated) 100 Killed, 300 Wounded, 3050 captured
Union (reported) 116 Killed, 655 Wounded. 4 Missing
Once the CSA line had broken at Redoubt #4 there was really no place for
the entire army to go because the Southern soldiers were in a defensive
position with their backs alongside a river resulting in the large number
of Confederates captured.