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Battle of Mobile Bay

In 1864, David Farragut was assigned the task of securing Mobile Bay, the center of Confederate blockade-running. The area was protected by formidable fortifications and the bay was heavily mined (mines at that time were known as torpedoes).

On August 5, 1864, Farragut gave the order to ignore the risks: “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!" The modest Confederate fleet was defeated and the forts surrendered shortly thereafter.

The city of Mobile, however, held out until the next spring, but the Union fleet managed to enforce its blockade. Galveston was the only remaining port of any significance that continued trade.

The engagement on Mobile Bay was the preeminent naval action of the Civil War.

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Battle of Mobile Bay
U S A History WARS - Civil War - Battle of Mobile Bay 1864 At the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, David G. Farragut commanded a fleet of fourteen wooden ships and four ironclads. Running through a minefield and past ConfederBattle of Mobile Bay 1864 At the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, David G. Farragut commanded a fleet of fourteen wooden ships and four ironclads. Running through a minefield and past ConfederBattle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, David G. Farragut commanded a fleet of fourteen wooden ships and four ironclads. Running through a minefield and past Confederate forts Gaines ...
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Operations in Mobile Bay Alabama Civil War Battle Fort Morgan
... August 2-23, 1864 A combined Union force initiated operations to close Mobile Bay to blockade running. Some Union forces landed on Dauphin Island and laid siege to Fort Gaines. On August 5, Farragut's Union fleet of eighteen ships entered ...
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Battle of Manilla Bay
... of Manilla Bay 1898 At the Battle of Manila Bay, the six-ship Asiatic squadron of Commodore George Dewey decisively defeated a larger but outgunned and underprepared Spanish fleet. The U.S. flotilla emerged virtually unscathed, with only ...
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