Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island (Mobile Bay), Alabama
August, 2002
Photos: Jim Janke


Main intersection on Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Turn left to go to Fort Gaines

Historic Fort Gaines is located on Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay. It was one of the primary Confederate forts guarding the entrance to the bay. Admiral Farragut ("Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!") ran his fleet past the forts in the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The entire battle campaign lasted from August 2 to August 23, 1864

Entrance to Fort Gaines.

View from the northeast bastion, looking to the right. The large building was the guardhouse. The sally port is to the right of the building. The building and flags can be seen in the photo above. The semicircles are gun emplacements.

View from the northeast bastion, looking straight ahead. Note the anchor from the U.S.S. Hartford, Farragut's flagship, in the middle of the parade ground.

View from the northeast bastion, looking to the left.

View from the southwest bastion, looking to the right. The bricks are the south gun ramp, providing access to the terreplein (gun platform). The tables are in the kitchen courtyard.

View from the southwest bastion, looking to the left. The first building was the orderly room and Commandant's office. The next building is the guardhouse.

View from the southeast bastion, looking toward the northwest bastion. The north gun ramp is visible. To the left is a corner of the officer's quarters building. The upper floors were destroyed in the battle. To the right are the bakery, latrine, and blacksmith shop. Farragut's anchor is in the middle of the parade ground. Note the scale.

View from ground level, looking toward guardhouse and sallyport (behind the wooden fence).

Anchor from the the U.S.S. Hartford, Admiral Farragut's flagship. In the background is the "disappearing" gun emplacement installed in the fort in the 1898-1903 period.

A bastion magazine.

The fort bakery, near the northwest bastion.

The ten-hole latrine, next to the bakery. The latrine is accessible through tunnels for use during battles.

The blacksmith shop, next to the latrine.

Bunkbeds set up in the officer's quarters.

Intricate brick work in a ventilation passageway.

"SHELL HIT FROM USS CHICKASAW DURING BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY"

Cannon on one of the bastions (east bastion?).

Another cannon (southeast bastion?).

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