Battle of Mobile Bay

 

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Short Summary of the Battle of Mobile Bay
Short Summary: The Battle of Mobile Bay
was fought on August 2, 1864 to August 23, 1864 in Mobile Bay, Alabama by the Union Army by the Union  forces led by Major General Gordon Granger and Rear Admiral David G. Farragut against the Confederate forces led by Brigadier General Richard Page and Admiral Franklin Buchanan. This famous Civil War battle was fought between 5,500 Union soldiers and 1,500 Confederate troops. Mighty Ironclad Warships were used on both sides during the naval battle which resulted in a Union victory.

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Battle of Mobile Bay
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th American President who served in office from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. One of the major battles in the Civil War during his presidency was the Battle of Mobile Bay in Alabama.

     

Facts about the Battle of Mobile Bay
The main battles of the Civil War were
divided into two principal theaters in which the major military operations took place. The Battle of Mobile Bay was fought in Alabama in the Western theater of the Civil War.

  • The Western Theater that comprised of the area west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi River

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The Union naval fleet consisted of four ironclads and fourteen  wooden warships who opposed the gunfire from three Confederate forts that were supported by one ironclad warship and three gunboats.

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Facts about the Battle of Mobile Bay
The
Union blockade had become tighter and stricter than ever and the Union was determined to close Mobile Bay to blockade runners trading with the Confederacy. In August, 1864, Union Admiral David Farragut had directed his naval fleet into Mobile Bay, Alabama. Mobile Bay, was a natural harbor formed where the Mobile River and the Tensaw River met before they entered the Gulf of Mexico. Farragut besieged Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan, whose guns controlled the mouth of Mobile Bay, and his success enabled him to pass into Mobile Bay with his naval flotilla. He next forced the surrender of the Confederate ironclad CSS Tennessee, under the command of Admiral Franklin Buchanan. On August 23, 1864 Fort Morgan, the last stronghold fell and enabled Admiral Farragut to shut down the strategic port to commerce.

Facts about the Battle of Mobile Bay: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
David Farragut was the man who started the famous phrase "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!". The phrase originated  during the Battle of Mobile Bay. The bay was heavily mined with naval mines tethered to the bottom of the harbor. When a ship struck a mine, it exploded. These bombs were referred to as as torpedoes at the time of the Civil War. Farragut ordered his fleet attack the Mobile bay. When the Canonicus-class monitor, the USS Tecumseh, struck a mine and sank, the other Union ships began to retreat. When Farragut realized what was happening he shouted similar words to "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!".

Facts about the Battle of Mobile Bay
The following short fact sheet provides interesting facts and information about the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the major battles that was fought during the American Civil War
(April 12, 1861 and continued until May 10, 1865).

Battle of Mobile Bay: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 1Q. Where was the Battle of Mobile Bay fought?
A. It was fought in
Mobile Bay, Alabama
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 2Q. When was the Battle of Mobile Bay fought?
It was fought between the dates of August 2, 1864 to August 23, 1864
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 3Q. Who won the Battle of Mobile Bay?
A. The
battle was won by the Union forces
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 4Q. Who were the commanders and leaders?
A. The Confederate generals were Brigadier General Richard Page and Admiral Franklin Buchanan. The Union Generals were Major General Gordon Granger and Rear Admiral David G. Farragut.
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 5Q. How many men fought in the Battle of Mobile Bay?
A. The strength of the Union force was 5,500. The number of the Confederate forces totaled 1,500

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Battle of Mobile Bay
The info about the Battle of Mobile Bay provides interesting facts and important information about this important Civil War conflict that occured during the presidency of the 16th President of the United States of America.

 

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Battle of Mobile Bay: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 6Q. How many Union casualties were there?
A. The total number of Union losses were 328: Number Killed 151, Number Wounded 177.
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 7Q. How many Confederate casualties were there?
A.
The total number of Confederate losses were: Number Killed 13, Number Wounded 22, Number Captured 1,587
 
Battle of Mobile Bay Fact 8Q. Why was the Battle of Mobile Bay important?
A. It was
strategically significant because it was the last important Confederate port on the Gulf of Mexico east of the Mississippi River and a source of supplies to the Confederacy.

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Battle of Mobile Bay - President Abraham Lincoln Video
The article on the Battle of Mobile Bay provides an overview of one of the major events of his presidential term in office. The following Abraham Lincoln video will give you additional important facts and dates about the political events experienced by the 16th American President whose presidency spanned from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865.

 

 

 

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