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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dauphin Island, Alabama

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Mobile is the county seat for Mobile County
Dauphin Island is in Mobile County
      Mobile County (221)  
      Baldwin County (141)  
      Washington County (11)  
      George County, Mississippi (1)  
      Greene County, Mississippi (4)  
      Jackson County, Mississippi (67)  
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1 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Stop E — "Save Your Garrison."Bombardment of Fort Powell: — Stop E —
The Confederates built Fort Powell on Tower Island, an oyster shell bank fifty feet north of Grant's Pass. The Pass provided an easy route from Mobile Bay to New Orleans through Mississippi Sound. C.S. Lieutenant Colonel James M. Williams, only . . . Map (db m87239) HM
2 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Stop D — "To Be Blown To Kingdom Come"Siege of Fort Gaines — Stop D —
Once Farragut was in the Bay, capture of Fort Gaines and Powell would prevent his isolation there. So at 4:00 pm, August 3, 1864, 1,500 soldiers commanded by U.S. General Edward Canby (but under the operational direction of General Gordon . . . Map (db m87219) HM
3 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Stop D — “Damn the Torpedoes!”The Battle of Mobile Bay: — Stop D —
At 7:25 a.m., August 5, 1864, Admiral Farragut’s lead monitor Tecumseh steered into the torpedo field at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The admiral had ordered Commander Tunis Craven, the Tecumseh’s captain, to engage the ram . . . Map (db m87234) HM
4 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — 19th Century ShipwreckExposed by Hurricane Georges
The huge timbers you see are a ship's keel section, washed ashore in the fury of Hurricane Georges in the fall of 1998. A house was destroyed with it's impact. The remains formed the bottom ridge line of the ship and would have held the ribs of . . . Map (db m87217) HM
5 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Anchor From U.S.S. Hartford
This anchor came from the U.S.S. Hartford, Admiral Farragut's flagship during the Civil War "Battle of Mobile Bay" in August of 1864. It was there that he uttered the now famous words, "Damn the Torpedoes—Full Speed Ahead!"Map (db m87244) HM
6 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — British Occupation of Dauphin IslandFebruary - April 1815
When British forces arrived at Mobile Bay to assault Fort Bowyer on Mobile Point, half of the British army under the command of Sir John Kean, who was recovering from wounds suffered during the defeat at New Orleans, was landed on Dauphin Island to . . . Map (db m122427) HM
7 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Dauphin Island
Incorporated in 1988, Dauphin Island is recognized as the "Sunset Capital of Alabama." Having served as the capital of the Louisiana Territory in the early 1700's, this unique barrier island has a rich history. Today Dauphin Island is admired . . . Map (db m226724) HM
8 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Dauphin Island
This island, rich in history and legend, was known to Europeans by 1502. Pineda visited in 1519, Narvaes and deVaca in 1528, the fleet of deSoto in 1540, and the deLuna colonists in 1559. In 1699, d'Iberville and Bienville arrived under orders . . . Map (db m226727) HM
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9 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Dauphin Island Indian Shell Mound Park
This park and bird refuge dates from the Mississippian Period (AD 1100 to 1550). Native Americans, who roasted oysters and fished in adjacent Dauphin Island Bay, visited the shell mounds for centuries. From excavations carried out in 1990, . . . Map (db m122350) HM
10 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Energy from the Sands of Time
The platform that you can see east of Dauphin Island is operated by one of many oil and gas companies operating in Alabama waters. These platforms are extracting natural gas (methane), a relatively clean-burning petroleum product. The platform . . . Map (db m122548) HM
11 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Fort Gaines
Established in 1821 for defense of Mobile Bay and named in honor of General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, 1777-1849 who played an important part in early Alabama History and while Commandant of Fort Stoddard captured Aaron Burr near McIntosh in February . . . Map (db m39393) HM
12 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — John F. Porter, Jr. Goat Tree Reserve / The Goat Tree
John F. Porter, Jr. Goat Tree Reserve John F. Porter, Ph.D. served as volunteer Executive Director of Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (incorporated as Friends of Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuary) from its inception in 1992 until his . . . Map (db m151634) HM
13 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Patriot4 July 2016
In memory of the men and women who answered the call of duty to our beloved country (USA) Gave the ultimate sacrifice Their lives These patriots, lost to eternity Will not be forgottenMap (db m226760) WM
14 Alabama, Mobile County, Dauphin Island — Stop 1 — Storm Clouds GatherThe Overland Campaign — Stop 1: Fort Gaines —
To Wait and Watch In late August 1864 the Federals controlled Mobile Bay but could not attack Mobile. Admiral Farragut could not reach the City even with his light draft vessels, because the channels in the upper Bay had been obstructed. . . . Map (db m87243) HM
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Feb. 29, 2024