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“Salute” American Independence at Fort Morgan

Fort MorganThe 4th of July weekend is upon us, and the thoughts of a 3-day-weekend, fireworks shows and family barbeques have probably filling your heads for weeks now.

Independence Day is the perfect time to sit back and relax with the family, but it is also a time to remember those who have fought and died for the freedom that we are able to enjoy everyday.

Fort Morgan, located at the mouth of Mobile Bay along the Gulf of Mexico is giving everyone the opportunity to reflect, honor and have fun with our nation’s history at their “Salute to American Independence.”  From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 4th, there will be interpreters dressed in various uniforms from the periods throughout Fort Morgan’s active history, located at the fort in Gulf Shores. Spectators will also be given the opportunity to see the Civil War cannon fired in honor of our nation’s birthday.

An event like this is great to have at Fort Morgan, especially since it has had such a rich historical past among our nation’s military.  Originally built in 1834 and named after the Revolutionary War hero, Daniel Morgan, Fort Morgan is often described as “One of the finest examples of military architecture in the New World.”  The Army’s Corps of Engineers were responsible for finally finishing to build the military marvel after years of incomplete building attempts.

The fort was badly hurt during the Civil War, but underwent a grand renovation project in the 1870s.  This included outfitting the fort with multiple battery stations perfect for the many resurgences the fort would experience during the late 1800s. In 1917, after the United States declared war on Germany, Fort Morgan became a training center for Coast Artilleryman learning how to use more modern weapons.

Until the 1950s, multiple military groups had used Fort Morgan has a training base or intelligence hub, but due to years of weather damage and no necessity for such an outfitted training area, the fort was abandoned until it was named a historical monument in 1960.

With such a rich history in the U.S. military, visiting Fort Morgan on the 4th of July seems like the perfect way to show our support for our country and reflect on the freedoms we have been given.

Have a great 4th of July!

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