§Mobile was believed to be the
most heavily fortified city in the Confederacy.
§The city was defended
on its western side by three lines of fortifications with three
hundred heavy artillery pieces.
§Water approaches to Mobile were defended
by a series of underwater obstructions and island and shore batteries
on the east.
the disastrous defeat of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in the fall
of 1864, a remnant of that army was sent to strengthen the Mobile
defenses increasing its garrison to almost 10,000 troops.
§Gen. Dabney H. Maury was in charge of
the Confederate District of the Gulf from Mobile