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Why Build a Fort Here?

The War of 1812 (the US and the British) proved the need for adequate defenses along the long coast of the United States. Mobile Bay was considered a strategic location, so construction began on a fort here in 1819. Unfortunately the plans were poorly thought out and executed. Finally, a new plan was made and in 1853 the new fort was named after General Edmund Gaines, who had died in 1849. Most famously, Fort Gaines was involved in the battle for Mobile Bat where Admiral Farragut of the Union Navy uttered the words "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!". Fort Gaines was in use until shortly after World War II.

Museum Displays

There are interesting displays throughout the fort showing the history of the fort from original planning through World War II and then its designation as an historic site.


The weapons used in the different times the fort was in use are also on display.

  • Last visit to Fort Gaines: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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