Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Battle of Blakeley, Alabama
During the spring of 1865, a column of Union troops from Pensacola joined thousands of others in attacking the Confederate defenses of Mobile at Spanish Fort and Blakeley, Alabama. After the fall of Spanish Fort on April 8, 1865, the Union army focused its attention on Blakeley, which was stormed on the afternoon of April 9, 1865, in one of the last major battles of the Civil War.
The site of the Battle of Blakeley is today preserved at Historic Blakeley State Park, located off Highway 225 just north of Spanish Fort, Alabama. The park preserves the scene of the heaviest fighting of the battle, along with 3,800 acres of earthwork fortifications, breastworks, batteries, trenches and more.
I've added a new section on the Battle of Blakeley and Historic Blakeley State Park to www.exploresouthernhistory.com. To learn more, just follow the link and scroll down the page to the Index section and look for the link under the Alabama heading.