Mobile Bay
Navy Battle Map
Civil War Alabama


American Civil War
August 5, 1864

"Entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut in to Mobile Bay. August 5th 1864"

Chart of the action, prepared by Rear Admiral D.G. Farragut, Washington, D.C., March 1st, 1865.


"Explanation of Diagram from the five stand points of the Mobile fight." (printed in the lower left):


"No.1. Ships lashed together and running in from Sea, and the monitors running out of "Monitor Bay" to take their station inside or eastward of the line."

"No.2. Running up the channel in line of battle, and engaging 'Fort Morgan' leading ship 'Brooklyn' encounters what she supposes to be 'torpedoes' monitor 'Tecumseh' is struck by one and sinks; Brooklyn backs astern causing confusion; Flag Ship takes the lead and passes up and engages the ram Tennessee and the gun boats of the enemy."

"No.3. Running fight with the enemy's fleet which ends in the capture of one, destruction of another, and the ram and one gun boat take shelter again under Fort Morgan."

"No.4. Fleet passes up and are in the act of anchoring when the ram Tennessee is seen coming out to attack them"

"No.5. Shows the manner the attack was made by the fleet upon the ram by ramming her in succession and keeping up a constant fire upon her at the same time."

"The points of contact are shown by the sketch in the north east corner of the plate."
"De Kraft's flotilla bombarding Fort Powell." (in upper left of the chart).
Ships are (as numbered in "Reference" list at left):
1. Tecumseh ; 2. Manhattan ; 3. Winnebago ; 4. Chickasaw ; 5. Brooklyn ; 6. Octorara ; 7. Hartford , Flag Ship; 8. Metacomet ; 9. Richmond ; 10. Port Royal ; 11. Lackawanna ; 12. Seminole ; 13. Admiral's barge Loyal ; 14. Monongahela ; 15. Kennebec ; 16. Ossipee ; 17. Itaska ; 18. Oneida ; 19. Galena .


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