Battle of Mobile Bay and siege of Fort Morgan re-enacted

Battle of Mobile Bay
Battle of Mobile Bay re-enacting ships approach Fort Morgan on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WALA) – Thousands of people gathered for Saturday’s re-enactment depicting the historic Battle of Mobile Bay.

The nearly month long battle during the summer of 1894 is condensed into a weekend for the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Hundreds of participants from all over the country are taking part in the re-enactment of the battle and siege at Fort Morgan. Dr. Stephen McNair with the Alabama Historical Commission said the goal of the re-enactment is to give an accurate picture of what happened.

“This is heavy artillery. These are confederates and their returning fire to the union. This is the union siege line just over my right shoulder here, and what you’re seeing is re-enacting the actual siege,” Dr. McNair said.

“Right now we’re in the side of the Federal siege lines. We’re besieging Fort Morgan, and the intent is to reduce this fort by storm if we have to,” re-enactor Mayor Kenneth Morrison said.

For re-enactors like Collin Robinson it’s like stepping back in time.

“I do it for the historical part of it, and also it’s fun, and it’s like getting away from modern times,” Robinson said.

“Mobile was the last gulf city to fall on the gulf coast for the confederacy it was a major downfall for the confederacy and when you look back in history and you remember all the men who died on both sides it becomes somewhat meaningful to say you can’t forget the past. You can’t forget the sacrifice of all the men who died, and also you remember where we came from. We’re glad we’re one nation now and we’re all together,” re-enactor Wesley Odom said.

The re-enactment wraps up Sunday.

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