Planning the re-enactment of the Battle of Mobile Bay

Fort Morgan, Gulf Coast celebrate 150 years since decisive battle

Battle of Mobile Bay planning
Planners and re-enactors were preparing on Friday, August 1, for the re-enactment of the Battle of Mobile Bay, a decisive battle in the American Civil War.

FT. MORGAN, Ala. (WALA) – Preparing for an event like the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay doesn’t take place overnight, and one of the most challenging aspects is finding people to re-enact the battle.

The organizers, three groups of people focused on event planning, logistics, and the re-enactment, have been working for a year getting details squared away for this weekend’s event.

Battle of Mobile Bay full coverage August 1-3
Battle of Mobile Bay full coverage August 1-3. Click to view a photo gallery.

The actors playing the Confederate soldiers will be in the fort (that’s Fort Morgan, of course) and the actors playing the Union soldiers will be in the field behind what are being called siege lines. Organizers hope the re-enactment, set to take place Saturday, August 2, will look as realistic as possible.

The Battle of Mobile Bay a naval battle fought during in the American Civil War. Union RAdm. David Farragut led the Union navy to victory against the Confederate navy. At the end of the battle, Union soldiers took Ft. Morgan and eventually razed the citadel there. The taking of this important passage closed the Union blockade of the Gulf of Mexico.

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