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Where the Confederates fought Farragut shot for shot: interior of Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, in 1864 From these walls the gunners of Brigadier-General Richard L. Page, C. S. A., sighted their pieces and gave the Federal vessels shot for shot. It was a fight at close range, since the obstructions in the channel compelled the fleet to pass close under the guns of the fort. During the hour while the vessels were within range, the Fort fired 491 shots, about eight a minute. When the fight was thickest the Confederate gunners fired even far more rapidly, enveloping the vessels, and especially the “Hartford” and the “Brooklyn,” in a veritable hail of missiles. The Fort was an old five-sided brick works mounting its guns in three tiers. It was built on the site of the little redoubt (Fort Bowyer) that had repelled the British fleet in 1814. Within the Fort were mounted thirty-two smooth-bores and eight rifles.

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