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"Visit Fort Gaines" Top 5 Page for this destination Mobile Things to Do Tip by Basaic

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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.

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, including weapons from various times.

For more info see my Fort Gaines Page.

Address: 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Phone: (251) 861-6992

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  • Written Jul 4, 2011
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