Monday, January 5, 2009

Doorway to Darkness

Fort Morgan Alabama on the Gulf Coast is quite a place to explore indoors and out, the abandoned fortress and its interesting history puts this on my favorite places list.

Its construction was completed and garrisoned in 1834, the forts new world architecture was designed by Baron Simon Bernard who was a French general of engineers and once served under Napoleon, years later he emigrated to the United States where he soon served as Brigadier-General of Engineers and given numerous extensive work for the government notably at Fort Monroe Virginia and around New York.
The fortress was named after Daniel Morgan who served in the Revolutionary War and later became a US Representative of Virginia.

In 1864 the confederacy with 600 men led by Brig. General Richard Page a cousin of Robert E. Lee surrendered the fortress during The Battle of Mobile Bay to Union Forces on August 23 1864 after a heavy two week artillery bombardment.

The fort was active during four wars.. The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, World War 1 and World War 2.

Listed as a Historical Landmark in 1960 and in 2007 it joined the list of the "10 most endangered battle sites" by the Civil War Preservation Trust.
The site is maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission and opened to the public.


Wolf said...

you wonder how this must have looked when fully whitewashed.
it's in amazing condition :)

great pic!

Richard Rizzo said...

Thank you Wolf for your comment, most of the standing structure(s) look about the same but its to bad a fire burnt the main citadel down well over a hundred years ago, now that would of been priceless to see and explore.

Marianne said...

Wonderful capture, has great texture to it.

Richard Rizzo said...

Thank you Marieanne, the morning light coming from the side not only enhanced the shadows of the brick and its shadows but gave it depth as the arches got darker and darker to the last one which is blacked out. It also generated an almost eerie mood too.