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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour Ė cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf > Endangered Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama, 2012
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09-DEC-2012

Endangered Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama, 2012

Fort Gaines defended the Confederate port of Mobile during the American Civil War. It fell to the Union Navy following Rear Admiral David Farragutís defeat of the Confederate fleet defending the port, one of the three Confederate forts to be captured in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Federal troops accompanying Farragutís fleet used their artillery to quickly force Fort Gaines to surrender. In this image, Iíve stressed the huge Christmas bow that graced the entrance to Fort Gaines during my visit. Itís bright red color contrasts to the rich green grass covered moat that once protected the fort. This bow could be also be interpreted as a potential memorial to the historic fort, because it is currently facing devastation by nature itself. It sits on the eastern end of Dauphin Island, at the very edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Ongoing erosion is destroying ten feet of sand dunes and beach each year, causing the fort to be currently listed as one of the ten most endangered Civil War battlefields in the United States.

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Phil Douglis03-Jan-2013 04:52
Thanks for noting the symbolic force of the red bow, Iris. Indeed, I saw it as memorial to the potential fate of this fort. I wonder how much longer it will survive, given the erosion of the surrounding area.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)03-Jan-2013 00:58
The bright red bow belies the devastation confronting this fort, a poignant memorial!
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