§Thearrival of USS
Tecumseh off Mobile Bay on the evening of the August 4th,
allowed Farragut to
proceed with his attack.
§Shortly after 06:00 am on August
the 18-ship Union fleet crossed the bar at
the flood tide and moved into the bay with Tecumseh leading
the van of monitors, Manhattan, Winnebago, and Chickasaw.
ironclads passed between the fortified headlands, to starboard of the
lighter-armored wooden steam frigates, in
order to take the fire from the heavy guns at Fort Morgan.