Blakeley in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Fort Blakeley
Probably the last charge of this war, it was as gallant as any on record" Harper's Weekly, May 27, 1865
Federal troops began to lay siege to Fort Blakeley over a week prior to the battle. For several days, the opposing armies engaged in heavy skirmishing as the besiegers steadily advanced series of earthworks closer to the Confederate line. By Sunday, April 9, the armies lay less than 1,000 yards apart.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Union army launched a general assault all along a nearly three-mile long front. Some 16,000 troops emerged from
Fierce, close quarters combat briefly raged. Multiple Union troops were shot down while attempting to plant their flags on the earthworks, and in places the combatants waged desperate hand to hand fighting. In some places the fort's defenders surrendered quickly after being overwhelmed while in others they fought to the bitter end even after being surrounded. The entire affair was over within about thirty minutes. The great majority of the garrison was captured, although a very small number of Rebels managed to escape. Exact casualties
The scene was picturesque and grand. From different points of view the assaulting lines could be seen for a mile or two.. The regimental colors, though not in perfect line, were steadily advancing, and the troops were dashing on over and through the obstructions like a stormy wave." Brig. Gen. Christopher Columbus Andrews
Photo caption: Harper's Weekly carried this depiction of the Battle of Fort Blakeley on May 27, 1865
Erected 2017 by Historic Blakeley State Park, Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, and the Delaware Valley Civil War Roundtable.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 44.967′ N, 87° 54.664′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Battlefield Road, 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. Fort Blakeley (Fort Blakely*) (here, next to this marker); The United States Colored Troops (USCT) at the Battle of Fort Blakeley (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Siege of Fort Blakeley (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Fort Blakely (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alabama (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Blakeley (approx. half a mile away); Redoubt Six (approx. half a mile away); The Bottle Creek Site (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blakeley.
Also see . . . Battle of Fort Blakeley - The War Ends and the Battle Begins. (Submitted on April 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.