- Jul 29, 2013
Since 1834 Fort Gaines has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay, Alabama. The military site and National Historic Landmark is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores. The Fort Gaines Civil War highlight came on August 5, 1864, when the fort played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay before surrendering to Federal forces after a two-week siege. Alabama’s largest permanent military post between 1900 and 1923, the fort served during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II.