The Battle of Spanish Fort

March 27- April 8, 1865 in Baldwin County, Alabama

Union Forces Commanded by
Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby
Strength Killed & Wounded Missing / Captured
± ? 657 ?
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Brig. Gen. Randall L. Gibson
Strength Killed & Wounded Missing / Captured
± ? 744 ?
Conclusion: Union Victory
Mobile Campaign

After the Union victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Mobile nevertheless remained in Confederate hands. Spanish Fort was heavily fortified as an eastern defense to the city of Mobile. Fort Huger, Fort (Battery) Tracey, Fort (Battery) McDermott, Fort Alexis, Red Fort, and Old Spanish Fort were all part of the Mobile defenses at Spanish Fort.

Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby's XIII and XVI corps moved along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay forcing the Confederates back into their defenses. Union forces then concentrated on Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely.

On March 27, Canby's forces rendezvoused at Danley's Ferry and immediately undertook a siege of Spanish Fort. The Union had enveloped the fort by April 1, and on April 8 captured it.

Most of the Confederate forces, under the command of Brig. Gen. Randall L. Gibson, escaped and fled to Mobile, but Spanish Fort was no longer a threat.

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