Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division
Battery No. 21
Located on this bluff overlooking Minette Bay, Battery No. 21 anchored the right flank of Maj. Gen. Edward Canby's Army of West Mississippi during the Battle of Spanish Fort. Maj. Gen. Andrew Smith's XVI Army Corps occupied the right half of Canby's force during the thirteen-day siege. Smith's troops were from IL IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, and OH. The 14th Indiana Light Artillery, under the command of Capt. Francis Morse, manned Battery No. 21. They were armed with two 12-pounder Napoleon cannons.
Col. James Geddes' Brigade of Brig. Gen. Eugene Carr's Division occupied the extreme right of the Union line. The brigade consisted of the 81st, 108th, 124th IL, and the 8th IA Infantry Regiments. At 6:10 pm on April 8, 1865, the 8th Iowa began the final assault on the Confederate line when they charged across the swamp at the base of this bluff. 1st Sgt. Edgar Bras of Co. K of the 8th Iowa was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing a battle flag from the hands of a color-bearer from a Texas
Erected 2013 by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Department of Iowa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 41.363′ N, 87° 54.762′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on General Canby Loop 0.2 miles north of General Canby Drive, on the right. Marker located in a residential area at the top of the General Canby Loop. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 General Canby Loop, 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 Final Assault (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 8th Iowa Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1st Division, U.S. Colored Troops (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 5 / Ector's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Union First Parallel / Union Siege Battery No. 16 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 4 / Holtzclaw's Brigade (approx. half a mile away); Site Of The Naval Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Red Fort (approx. 0.7 miles 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 467 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on July 18, 2018, by Kirk Barrett of Point Clear, Alabama. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.