Spanish Fort, AL

Date(s): March 27-April 8, 1865

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Spanish Fort, Alabama, United States

Campaign(s): Mobile Campaign [1865]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby

  • Confederate: Brig. Gen. Randall L. Gibson

Principal Forces:

  • Union: XVI and XIII Corps

  • Confederate: Spanish Fort Garrison


  • Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby’s XIII and XVI corps moved along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay forcing the Confederates back into their defenses.

  • Union forces then concentrated on Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely.

  • On March 27, 1865, Canby’s forces were met at Danley’s Ferry and immediately began a siege of Spanish Fort.

  • By April 1st the Union forces had enveloped the fort and captured it on April 8th.

  • Most of the Confederate forces, under Brig. Gen. Randall L. Gibson, escaped  to Mobile, but Spanish Fort was no longer a threat.

Slide Presentation: Fort Blakely, AL

Classification1: B


  • Union: 657

  • Confederate: 744

Results: Union Victory

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Lodging and Restaurants: Alabama Tourism

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1 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

2 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 12/07/2012