Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

“Damn the Torpedoes”
with the Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail

Trail Summary

The Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail comprises more than a dozen sites where action took place during both the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign. The stories of ship captains, fort commanders and common fighting men are told through first hand accounts, historical references and detailed illustrations displayed on interpretive signs placed at many of the sites along the trail.

Trail Details

The trail consists of 18 trail signs scattered throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties and a trail overview sign to be placed at multiple locations. The following is a list of these sites that feature interpretive signage:

  • Fort Gaines
  • Fort Morgan
  • Fort Powell—It is believed that there were salt works on both sides of the river, although no remains of them have been identified.
  • Mouth of Fish River—This site along U.S. Highway 98 is a public boat launch and park site.
  • Smith's & Dannelly's Mills—The exact location of the mills is not known, but interpretive displays at the Baldwin County park offer a contrasting view of the river in Civil War and current times. 
  • Troops camped in this area, now fields and orchards, during their march toward Blakeley, prior to crossing the Bay into Mobile. 
  • Fort McDermott & Iowa Line—The street names of Spanish Fort tell much of the story of the battles fought here.
  • Blakeley State Park—Historic Blakeley State Park is open to the public daily. Miles of original breastworks and pristine battlefields are set amid hiking trails and campgrounds, all on the largest National Historic Register site east of the Mississippi.
  • Starke's Landing—This site is now a Daphne City Park overlooking the bay.
  • Dog River Point—Visitors must imagine the action, as the view of the bay across to Starke's Landing on the Eastern Shore is all that remains the same here.
  • Mobile & Ohio Railroad Machine Shop—The machine shop, the last remnants of the old railroad operation, was recently demolished on this site.
  • Magee Farm—Built in 1848 by Jacob Magee, this is the last remaining original surrender house of the Civil War.
  • Citronelle Surrender Site—This site is currently the home of the Pushmataha Boy Scout Camp in Citronelle. (Misidentified as Cuba Station in the printed guide.)

Civil War History

Please visit for a detailed history of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign.


What initially began as a partnership between the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has blossomed. In 2003, the two CVBs collaborated for the production of the Civil War Trail Guide. After receiving such as positive response, the parties choose to address the next step, which was the creation of interpretive signage and an accompanying website ( Sunsyne Graphics was selected to conduct research and to create the signs. Funding for this $100,000 project was initially pledged by both CVBs. Other financial assistance was also provided by the Museum of Mobile and the Baldwin County Commission.

Trail Website

Trail Guide

To obtain a free copy of the Trail Guide, please contact the Alabama Gulf Coast CVB at or 800- 745-SAND.

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