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The Battle of Fort Blakely
April 2-9, 1865

E.R.S. Canby’s forces, the XVI and XIII 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. By April 1, Union forces had enveloped Spanish Fort, thereby releasing more troops to focus on Fort Blakely. Brig. Gen. St. John R. Liddell, with about 4,000 men, held out against the much larger Union force until Spanish Fort fell on April 8, allowing Canby to concentrate 16,000 men for the attack on April 9. Sheer numbers breached the Confederate earthworks compelling the Confederates to capitulate. The siege and capture of Fort Blakely was basically the last combined-force battle of the war. African-American forces played a major role in the successful Union assault. 


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Battle Facts


  • Baldwin County, Alabama


  • April 2 - 9, 1865

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • 16,000 Union Union Flag
  • 4,000 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 629 UnionUnion Flag
  • 2,900 ConfederateConfederate Flag


  • Union Victory Union Flag

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