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Visual Evidence


Photo 1: The gulf side of Fort Morgan,
after the Battle of Mobile Bay.
[Graphic] Photo 1 with link to higher quality photo.
(National Archives)

Photo 2: Lighthouse and hot shot furnace,
after the Battle of Mobile Bay, 1864.
[Graphic] Photo 2 with link to higher quality photo.
(National Archives)

Questions for Photos 1 & 2

1. Examine Photo 1 closely. Why would the designers of the fort have created openings for the guns (called "embrasures") in the main earthwork, rather than placing all the guns on top of the wall?

2. What evidence of damage can you detect in Photos 1 & 2? How do you think this destruction affected the morale of the garrison?

3. What does the damage noted in Photos 1 & 2 tell you about the effectiveness of pre-Civil War masonry fortifications against large caliber naval cannons?

* The photos on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 1 and Photo 2, but be aware that each file will take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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