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

The Battery Bailey

Position of the 2nd Connecticut Light Artillery August 20-25, 1864

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, June 1, 2018
1. The Battery Bailey Marker
Inscription. Construction began on August 19th on two artillery positions that were emplaced only 200 yards from the southeast bastion of Fort Morgan. These positions, which were part of Battery Bailey, anchored the southern flank of the Federal siege lines. Although a tremendous storm briefly delayed completion the battery positions were ready for emplacement of the guns by the morning of August 20th. That day, two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles and 12-pounder “Napoleons” of the 2nd Connecticut Light Artillery were transported across Mobile Bay from Fort Gaines. The 2nd and its guns were within easy range of Confederate heavy artillery on the southeast bastion and infantry located on the counterscarp. A soldier of the 2nd described the battery’s ordeal in the line.

"Our battery was the last to get into position and was placed on the extreme left of the semi-circular line of entrenchments. We were within 300 years of the southeast angle of the fort and had to place our guns in a position under the grape and canister of the enemy and the ire of their sharpshooters who were posted behind sandbags on the parapet. During the night previous we succeeded in getting safely posted and safely entrenched without damage, although with many narrow escapes, as the enemy was watching our movements and constantly firing at us. After working all
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By Sandra Hughes, June 1, 2018
2. The Battery Bailey Marker
night we were ready at daylight to join the grand chorus of the general bombardment."


The 2nd Connecticut, which had served with distinction at the Battle of Gettysburg, was ordered to dislodge sharpshooters and to keep three of Fort Morgan’s heavy guns from firing into the Federal lines. “ We had a fine opportunity for target practice at the short range,” as one soldier put it. Accurate firing by the 2nd destroyed all three of their targets.

On August 25th, the 2nd Connecticut Artillery was ordered out of their position at Fort Morgan and transported across Mobile Bay for service at Cedar Point.

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The crew of two 12-pounders “Napoleons” prepare to open fire front on an entrenched position similar to those constructed by the Federal Army at For Morgan. (Library of Congress)
 
Location. 30° 13.655′ N, 88° 1.442′ W. Marker is in Fort Morgan, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker can be reached from Fort Morgan Road (Alabama Route 180) 2 miles west of Dune Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay on backside of Fort. Marker is in this post office area: Gulf Shores AL 36542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Panama Mount
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By Sandra Hughes, June 1, 2018
3. The Battery Bailey Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Mobile Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Mobile Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Mobile Bay (about 300 feet away); Citadel (1825-1865) (about 500 feet away); The Citadel (about 500 feet away); Battery Thomas (1898-1917) (about 500 feet away); Battery Schenck (1899-1923) (about 700 feet away).
 
Also see . . .
1. 2nd Connecticut Light Battery. August 9-23 Operations against Fort Morgan (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. History of the Second Connecticut Volunteer Light Battery. The Battery witnessed the surrender of Fort Gaines, and on the 20th crossed to the rear of Fort Morgan and assisted in the bombardment of that stronghold. For twenty-four hours shot and shell poured in upon the fort from land and sea. The citadel was set on fire in the night, and at early dawn a white flag signaled the surrender. On the 28th the Battery crossed Mobile Bay to Cedar Point, and on the 10th of September returned to Algiers. On the 19th the Battery left Algiers and went into winter quarters on St. Charles Street in New Orleans. On the 15th of November the Battery was ordered to the mouth of the White River and went into camp there on the 20th. (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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