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

Union Siege Battery No. 1

 
 
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By Kirk Barrett
1. Union Siege Battery No. 1 Marker
Inscription. Near this site was the location of the first of twenty-two artillery positions the Union army set up to bombard the Confederate fortifications of Spanish Fort. The Confederate forces were under the command of Brig Gen. Randall Gibson. Battery Tracy, Battery Huger, and Old Spanish Fort were built on the shores of the Blakeley River in order to block the Union navy from gaining access to the Mobile Delta. In addition, a two-mile long horseshoe shaped earthwork containing five artillery redoubts was built to protect the water batteries from a land invasion, On March 27, 1865, Maj. Gen. Edward Canby's Union Army of West Mississippi completely surrounded the Confederate garrison. Canby placed the XIII Army Corps, under the command of Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, on his left during the thirteen-day siege. Battery No. 1 anchored Granger's Corps, which was composed of men from CT, IL, IN, IA, MI, MO, MA, NY, OH, VT, and WI. The 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery armed with four 8-inch howitzers and the 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery armed with four 10-inch siege mortars manned Battery No. 1.
 
Erected 2013 by Sons of Confederate Veterans - Admiral Raphael Semmes Camp 11.
 
Location. 30° 39.95′ N, 87° 54.851′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Patrician Drive and Old Spanish Trail (Alabama Route 16), on the right when traveling west on North Patrician Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 N Patrician Dr, Spanish Fort AL 36527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Albert Carey Danner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Drive (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish Fort (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort McDermott (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ft. McDermott Confederate Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort McDermott (approx. 0.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Battlefield and Burial Ground at Spanish Fort (1780-1781) (approx. half a mile away); “Damn The Torpedoes!” (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fort.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Kirk Barrett of Point Clear, Alabama. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Kirk Barrett of Point Clear, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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