Fort Morgan, located on the coast of Alabama, has a rich and varied history that dates back to its establishment in 1819 (though additions were applied to the Fort until the year 1834 with help from the architect Simon Bernard). First established as a military post during the early 19th century, Fort Morgan played a significant role in the defense of Mobile Bay.
During the Civil War, the fort gained national prominence as it played a crucial role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. The famous phrase, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" was uttered by Admiral David Farragut during this battle, highlighting the fort's strategic importance.
In addition to its military significance, Fort Morgan has also witnessed the rise and fall of coastal defense technology. Over the years, the fort has undergone several modifications to keep up with evolving military strategies. The fort's history is evident in its architecture, from the original brick-and-mortar structures to the concrete reinforcements added during World War I. The fort was maintained in active use by the US Army until 1947.
This fort is so important, that it is also considered to be historically significant and is also a part of the National Register of Historic Places. The number designated for this particular fort is 66000146 and it was added to the list back in the year 1966. The remains of the fort can be found in Gasque, Alabama around the coordinates 30°13′41″N 88°1′23″W.
- "Fort Morgan Historic Site." Alabama Historical Commission. Accessed February 5, 2022. https://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/fortmorgan/fortmorgan.aspx.
- "Fort Morgan." Encyclopedia of Alabama. Accessed February 5, 2022. https://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1183.