Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division
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 cavalry regiment.
Erected by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Department of Iowa.
Location. 30° 41.363′ N, 87° 54.762′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fort, Alabama Touch for map. Marker located in a residential area at the top of the General Canby Loop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 General Canby Loop, Spanish Fort AL 36527, United States of America.
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); Red Fort (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 3 / Gibsonís Brigade (approx. 0.8 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.
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Battle of Spanish Fort. (Submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.