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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1MXZ_32-pounder-sea-coast-defense-gun_Gulf-Shores-AL.html
This smoothbore, muzzle-loading cannon was one of the main coast defense weapons in the United States' arsenal when Fort Morgan was completed in 1834. With an eight pound charge of powder the gun could fire a 32 pound solid iron shot about one mi…
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After the surrender of Fort Gaines, U.S. General Gordon Granger prepared to besiege Fort Morgan. On August 9, 1864, he moved by transport to Navy Cove and debarked 2,000 men and his siege equipment at the Pilot Town wharf. By 2:00 p.m. he had occu…
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Completed on August 18th, Battery Lincoln was located near the northern end of the Federal siege lines of Fort Morgan. Company "C" of the 20th Iowa Infantry Regiment, under the command of Captain Mark L. Thomson, was detailed to serve as sharpshoo…
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As the U.S. Army modernized at the turn of the 20th century, so too did its military posts. In the stratified society of this period, separate and distinct areas for the various classes of individuals were developed. The Army was little different,…
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Battery Schenck, named for First Lieutenant William Schenck who was killed in action during the Philippine Insurrection, was the second rapid fire battery constructed at Fort Morgan. Completed on June 4, 1900, the battery would sit without guns fo…
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Constructed between 1899 and 1900, the battery was named in honor of Major General Henry Dearborn, a Revolutionary War hero. The battery mounted eight 12" breech-loading mortars. Each mortar weighed 13 tons and was 11' 9" long. The battery's morta…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1BPS_peace-magazine-1902-1924_Gulf-Shores-AL.html
When Fort Morgan was modified between the 1890's and early 1900's, an allocation of $7,000.00 was made to build a "Peace" magazine. This building was the central storage area for the powder used by the fort's guns. If war was expected, the powder …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1BPL_u-s-model-1918m1-155mm-gun-and-model-1918a1-carriage_Gulf-Shores-AL.html
The U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun, more commonly known as the "G.P.F.", was a French heavy artillery piece manufactured in the U.S. for use by the U.S. Army during World War I. Due to the gun's mobility and hitting power, it was used during the 1920…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1BPK_the-overland-campaign_Gulf-Shores-AL.html
To Wait and WatchIn late August 1864 the Federals controlled Mobile Bay but could not attack Mobile. Admiral Farragut could not reach the city even with his light draft vessels, because the channels in the upper Bay had been obstructed. Nor was U.…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1BP9_6-4-100-pounder-parrott-rifle-7-brooke-rifle_Gulf-Shores-AL.html
6.4" (100 pounder) Parrott RifleDesigned by Robert Parker Parrott at the outbreak of the Civil War, the Parrott Rifle became one of the most used rifled artillery pieces during the war. With shells that exploded on impact, rifled guns such as the …
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