Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts is the most recent recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The honor is awarded to military personnel for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Pitt joins an exclusive fraternity. Just over three thousand soldiers out of the millions of U.S. servicemen and women are awarded the Medal of Honor. It also connects soldiers today to some of the first recipients of the award following the Battle of Mobile Bay.
The area of Mobile has played a critical role in multiple wars that shaped the United States. The Battle of Mobile Bay 150 years ago was a major turning point in the Civil War. And Mobile also was a critical strategic town during the War of 1812. Historian Tom Kanon of the Tennessee State Library and Archives says the British wanted to take over Mobile to use it to make an attack on New Orleans more feasible.
Alabama Public Radio has been looking back at key events of the War Between the States in and around Alabama. Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Over the past week, there have been reenactments, news stories and even a stamp dedication by the U.S. Postal Service.
This week marks one hundred and fifty years since the Battle of Mobile Bay. For the past week, the Alabama Public Radio newsroom has been looking back on the battle and at Alabama’s role in the war in 1864. Union forces wanted Mobile Bay because it was a sea port. They wanted the city of Decatur for a similar reason. It may not seem like it today, but 150 years ago Decatur, Alabama was a significant crossroads for commerce in the south. In the days before the Tennessee Valley Authority tamed the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals was an impassable series of rapids.
All week long Alabama Public Radio is taking a look back at events during the War Between the States. One hundred fifty years ago plans were underway for federal forces to attack and capture Mobile Bay from the Confederacy. We remember the ensuing battle with someone with a unique vantage point…
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Civil War re-enactors from across the nation will be on the Alabama coast this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.
Organizers say the activities will begin Friday evening with a concert of Civil War music by Bobby Horton. The re-enactment begins Saturday morning with the attack of the Union Navy. The re-enactment continues all day and concludes Saturday night with a barrage of artillery firing over the effort. The re-enactment continues Sunday with the surrender of Fort Morgan.