The Battle of Mobile Bay: Behind the Front Line
BY: Chanelle Peters
Today the North is roaring! The Federal victory in the naval "Battle of Mobile
Bay", has given us hope, hope that our country will join together once again.
Leading our troops, was Admiral Farragut, a well repected naval officer. A Federal squadron of four ironclad monitors(U.S.S.Tecumseh, Manhattan,Winebago, and
Chickasaw)and 14 wooden ships(U.S.S.Hartford, Metacomet, Brooklyn, Octorara,
Richmond, Port Royal, Seminole, Lackawanna, Kennebec, Monongahela, Itasca,
Ossipee, Galena,and Onieda)fought against a Confederate squadron of one
ironclad monitor(C.S.S.Tennessee)and three wooden ships(C.S.S.Morgan,
Gaines, Selma). The Confederates didn't have a chance!
The eastern side of Mobile Bay was protected by Fort Morgan, the western
side by Fort Gaines, and the entrance by shoals, obstructions, and mines(torpedoes).
Our troops came in firing, the "Tennessee" caught fire, while the "Tecumseh" was hit
by a mine.
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