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Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Final Assault

 
 
The Final Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. The Final Assault Marker
Inscription. At dusk on April 8, 1865, 300 yards west of this site, the Union Army's 8th lowa Infantry and three Illinois Regiments breached the Confederate main line of resistance. Under the cover of night, troops holding the thin gray line spiked their guns and made their way through the marshlands to Mobile. Thus ended the bitter 13-day Civil War Battle of Spanish Fort. The CSA lost 738 men out of a force of 2,827. The USA lost 1,678 of 32,000 soldiers while the US Navy lost 6 ships and 55 sailors.
 
Erected 1984 by The Sons of Confederate Veterans - Raphael Semmes Camp.
 
Location. 30° 41.249′ N, 87° 54.687′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Cora Slocomb Drive 0.3 miles north of General Canby Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Cora Slocomb Drive, Spanish Fort AL 36527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 8th Iowa Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 5 / Ector's Brigade (approx. ľ mile away); The Union First Parallel / Union Siege Battery No. 16
View of marker at the top of the cul-de-sac. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
2. View of marker at the top of the cul-de-sac.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 4 / Holtzclaw's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1st Division, U.S. Colored Troops (approx. 0.4 miles away); Red Fort (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Redoubt No. 3 / Gibsonís Brigade (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.

This marker was previously located on Navy Lane.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Battle of Spanish Fort. (Submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View looking south on Cora Slocumb Drive. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
3. View looking south on Cora Slocumb Drive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 203 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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