#76 Blazing Cannon Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864

Mobile Bay, Ala. Aug. 5, 1864


Admiral Farragut's fleet of Northern ships sailed defiantly past two Southern forts protecting Mobile Bay, this afternoon. The North was intent on capturing the bay. Rushing out to greet the invaders, with guns firing, was the ironclad, "The Tennessee." "The Tennessee" fired at Farragut's fleet, but the ironclad was old and badly overmatched. In a few hours the Southern ship surrendered, leaving Mobile Bay completely in the hands of the Northern fleet. Admiral Farragut sailed up to the harbor, ignoring the mines which were in the water. This latest conquest by the Union Navy has seriously endangered the Confederacy's economy, with the North already in control of many of the South's seaports.