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On This Day In Alabama History: The Battle Of Mobile Bay Began

By Graydon Rust Alabama 200

August 5, 1864

The Battle of Mobile Bay began when a Union fleet under the command of Adm. David Farragut stormed into the bay under Confederate fire. Mobile Bay stood as one of the most important and well-defended ports in the Confederacy, forcing Farragut to race by Forts Morgan and Gaines, slip through a triple line of submerged mines and defeat the Confederacy’s commanding CSS Tennessee. Despite the defenses, Union forces overpowered the Confederate stronghold, bombarded the forts and captured the bay on Aug. 22. The Battle of Mobile Bay was the last major naval engagement of the Civil War and completed the Union blockade of Confederate ports.

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