History of Fort Morgan
1834, Fort Morgan was active during four wars the
Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars
I and II. The fort is most famous for its role in
the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Union Admiral
David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full
speed ahead to win the battle. The massive fort
contains more than 40 million bricks and pays
tribute to the skilled masons, many of whom were
enslaved African Americans.
The fort features an active living history
program that interprets all the military periods and
holds an annual event commemorating the Battle of
Since 1834 Fort Morgan
has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay. The
military site and National Historic Landmark is
located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores. During the
Civil War on August 5, 1864, Fort Morgan played a
key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay before
surrendering to Union forces after a two-week siege.
Alabama's largest permanent military post between
1900 and 1923, the fort served during the
Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II.
A third system masonry fort constructed between
1819 and 1834, the 479-acre site contains concrete
artillery batteries constructed between 1895 and
1904, and historic military buildings dating from
1899 to 1910. A museum details the American military
history of Mobile Point from 1814 to 1945. Exhibits
feature weapons, uniforms, letters, photographs, and
personal items of soldiers who served at the fort.
Fort Morgan Information
Site and Education Director
Paul I. Leonard,
Tour and Living History Information, 251-540-7665
Hyatt, General Information, 251-540-5257
Museum and Museum Store, 251-540-7127
150th Anniversary Coordinator, 334-242-3184
Open daily except Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Fort and Grounds:
College students, seniors $5
Children 6-12 $4
Military-service member plus one person
free with military ID; $3 per additional person.
Except special events.
Reserve and Retired - free
admission with military ID; $3 per additional
person. Except special events.
Blue Star Museum - Free
admission for active duty military and families
between Memorial Day and Labor Day, except special
rates available for ten or more booked in
advance. Teachers and bus drivers free with school
groups. Special group rate for Baldwin County
schools. Call (251) 540-7127 to schedule.
Seasonal guided tours are available
daily June through August at 10 am and 3 pm. On
Wednesdays, only the 10 am tour is offered.
The fort is at the western end of
Highway 180, 22 miles west of Highway 59, in Gulf
Shores. It can also be reached from Dauphin Island
by way of the Mobile Bay auto ferry. The physical
address is 51 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL
Historic fort and artillery
batteries, museum, picnic area, bird sanctuary,
fishing pier and boat launch, auto ferry.
Bowyer/War of 1812 Living History Encampment
Spring Bird Migration Watch
Preservation Trust Park Day
Night Candlelight Tours
Artillery Salute to
Battle of Mobile Bay Civil
Fall Bird Migration Watch
Civil War Christmas at Fort Morgan
A reference library is available to
teachers by appointment. The site educator is
available for unique curricular needs or other
special requirements. Contact the education
department at (251) 540-7202.
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