Naval Battle in Mobile Bay
Fort Pillow and Memphis

Civil War Navy
August 1864

Entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut in to Mobile Bay
August 5th 1864

Chart of the action, prepared by RAdm. D.G. Farragut, Washington, D.C., March 1st, 1865.
"Explanation of Diagram from the five stand points of the Mobile fight." (printed in the lower left):
"No.1. Ships lashed together and running in from Sea, and the monitors running out of "Monitor Bay" to take their station inside or eastward of the line."
"No.2. Running up the channel in line of battle, and engaging 'Fort Morgan' leading ship 'Brooklyn' encounters what she supposes to be 'torpedoes' monitor 'Tecumseh' is struck by one and sinks; Brooklyn backs astern causing confusion; Flag Ship takes the lead and passes up and engages the ram Tennessee and the gun boats of the enemy."
"No.3. Running fight with the enemy's fleet which ends in the capture of one, destruction of another, and the ram and one gun boat take shelter again under Fort Morgan."
"No.4. Fleet passes up and are in the act of anchoring when the ram Tennessee is seen coming out to attack them"
"No.5. Shows the manner the attack was made by the fleet upon the ram by ramming her in succession and keeping up a constant fire upon her at the same time."
"The points of contact are shown by the sketch in the north east corner of the plate."
"De Kraft's flotilla bombarding Fort Powell." (in upper left of the chart).
Ships are (as numbered in "Reference" list at left):
1. Tecumseh ; 2. Manhattan ; 3. Winnebago ; 4. Chickasaw ; 5. Brooklyn ; 6. Octorara ; 7. Hartford , Flag Ship; 8. Metacomet ; 9. Richmond ; 10. Port Royal ; 11. Lackawanna ; 12. Seminole ; 13. Admiral's barge Loyal ; 14. Monongahela ; 15. Kennebec ; 16. Ossipee ; 17. Itaska ; 18. Oneida ; 19. Galena .

Passing Fort Morgan and the Torpedoes
Artwork by J.O. Davidson, 1886, depicting the Union and Confederate squadrons at the moment that USS Tecumseh sank after striking a mine ("torpedo").
Confederate ships (left foreground) are Morgan , Gaines and Tennessee . Union monitors visible astern of Tecumseh are Manhattan and Winnebago . USS Brooklyn is leading the outer line of Union warships, immediately followed by USS Hartford .

Reproduction of an 1864 pen & ink drawing by George Waterman, C.S.N., depicting the action as seen from above and inside the entrance to Mobile Bay.
Confederate ships present are (as identified on the drawing): Selma , Morgan , Gaines (shown twice, in the battle line, and beached off Fort Morgan after the battle) and Tennessee .
Union monitors shown are (from the front of the line): Tecumseh (sinking after striking a mine), Manhattan , Winnebago and Chickasaw . The leading two steam sloops in the Union line are Brooklyn and Hartford .
Small diagram in the lower right represents the various efforts by Union ships to ram the Tennessee later in the action.

USS Monongahela rams CSS Tennessee as other Union warships move into position to engage. The two twin-turret monitors depicted at the right are USS Winnebago and USS Chickasaw .
Civil War vintage artwork, photographed by T. Lilienthal, New Orleans, Louisiana.


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CSS Tennessee surrounded by Union warships, near the end of the battle. The two twin-turret monitors depicted off her bow and stern are USS Winnebago and USS Chickasaw .

Line engraving after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, published in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War", Volume 4, page 378.
Entitled "Surrender of the 'Tennessee,' Battle of Mobile Bay", it depicts CSS Tennessee in the center foreground, surrounded by the Union warships (from left to right): Lackawanna , Winnebago , Ossipee , Brooklyn , Itasca , Richmond , Hartford and Chickasaw . Fort Morgan is shown in the right distance.

"Admiral Farragut's Fleet Bombarding Fort Morgan, August 22, 1864", it depicts the following U.S. Navy ships (from left to right): Lackawanna , Manhattan , Octorara , Brooklyn , Winnebago and Richmond . Fort Morgan is shown in the right center distance, and a battery is at the far left.


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Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 29 April 1865, depicting USS Osage striking a mine and sinking near Spanish Fort on 29 March 1865.
The wreck of USS Milwaukee , which had been sunk by a mine on the previous day, is in the center middle distance. The twin-turret monitors at right are two of the following: USS Winnebago , USS Chickasaw and USS Kickapoo . Ships in the right distance are "Double-Ender" and "Tinclad" gunboats also engaged in attacking the Confederate-held Spanish Fort.

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