While of course it’s always been a big deal in these parts, the Battle of Mobile Bay was also a key point in the American Civil War. Early in the war, the Southern Confederacy decided to forego extending its limited resources on defense of every Gulf port but would instead concentrate on those that were most commercially valuable. Following the loss of New Orleans in April 1862, Mobile was the only Gulf port left under CSA defense.
American Rear Adm. David Farragut led an assault on Mobile Bay in early August of 1864. His victory broke the CSA’s financial back and hastened the end of the war that solidified our national identity.
The 150th anniversary of the battle, only a few weeks away, has been honored with a U.S. Postal stamp which will be unveiled at the History Museum of Mobile. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will be onhand for the dedication.
For more info, call 251-694-5901 and ask for Reginald Capers.
Battle of Mobile Bay Stamp First Day Issue Ceremony
Where: History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St.
When: July 30, 10:30 a.m.