Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Union First Parallel / Union Siege Battery No. 16
The main Union siege line during the Battle of Spanish Fort ran along this ridge. Brig. Gen. Eugene Carr's Division occupied the right flank of the Union line between here and Minette Bay. Carr's men initially faced Confederate Brig. Gen. Bryan Thomas' Brigade: the 21st AL Infantry, the 1st AL Reserve, and the 2nd AL Reserve Regiments, but on March 30, 1865, the battle-hardened Holtzclaw and Ector Brigades relieved the reserves. Col. Lyman Ward's Brigade of Carr's Division was posted adjacent to Battery No. 16. The 40th and 49th MO Infantry Regiments were on the front with the 14th WI Infantry to the rear in reserve. Occupying the center of Carr's Division was Colonel Jonathan Moore's Brigade, consisting of the 44th MO, 95th IL, 72nd IL, and the 33rd WI Infantry Regiments. Col. James Geddes' Brigade formed the right of Carr's Division. The 124th and 108th IL Infantry Regiments were on the front line, with the 81st IL Infantry and 8th IA infantry in reserve. On the evening of April 8, 1865, the 8th Iowa was moved to the front to conduct the decisive flanking attack that ended the battle.
Erected 2015 by Sons of Confederate Veterans -Admiral Semmes Camp 11.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 41.056′ N, 87° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 640 Southern Way, Spanish Fort AL 36527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 8th Iowa Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site Of The Naval Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Redoubt No. 4 / Holtzclaw's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Redoubt No. 5 / Ector's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Final Assault (approx. 0.3 miles away); Red Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 3 / Gibson’s Brigade (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fort.
More about this marker. Over the last few years these markers have been repainted and repaired.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.