MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Organizers are gearing up for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. There are events happening at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and at Fort Morgan.
YEAR OF PREPARATIONS
Preparations for an event like this don’t take place overnight. The organizers of the Battle of Mobile Bay Anniversary said they’ve been working for a year getting details squared away for the weekend’s event.
Fort Morgan State Historic Site Director Mike Bailey said, “It’s almost like planning the 1864 operation all over again.”
CALLING FOR RE-ENACTORS
Three groups are doing the planning. One plans the event itself, another handles logistics, and the third is in charge of re-enacting the battle.
Bailey said, “There have been ads put in numerous periodicals around the country, calling for re-enactors, and it’s been well received and numerous groups will be coming.”
Fort Morgan Curator John Gurner said, “We’ll probably have about 400 or more people dressed up in Union and Confederate uniforms, replicating a siege as much as possible, without firing anything, of course, other than blank rounds.”
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING
The actors playing the Confederate soldiers will be in the fort and the actors playing the Union soldiers will be in the field, behind what are being called siege lines.
Gurner said, “A lot is going to be happening out here between the fort and the actual siege lines. There’s supposed to be a Confederate sortie that comes out, basically, and they run out and try to attack, and also try to defend the fort as best as possible from the Union soldiers.”
Organizers hope the re-enactment will look as realistic as possible.
Bailey said, “The funny thing about it, there will probably be more people here this weekend than would have been here in 1864.”