|The main entrance to Fort Morgan notes the year the fortress was named.|
|Original plans for Fort Morgan.|
(Library of Congress)
U.S. troops occupied Fort Morgan during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II before it was deactivated in 1946 and turned over to the state of Alabama. I shot these images during an early-morning visit to Fort Morgan, 22 miles from Gulf Shores, Ala., on the Gulf Coast.
|A living historian walks through the main entrance to Fort Morgan.|
|A visitor's shadow eerily appears on a wall of a casemate.|
|A tourist slips into the powder magazine, which held more than 60,000 pounds of powder during the|
Union navy's siege in August 1864.
|Impressive brickwork in an inner area of the fort.|
|If necessary, fort defenders could fire through the embrasures.|
|A view through an embrasure shows the "murder ditch," which could be vigorously defended |
with cannon fire if an enemy penetrated the fort's defenses.
|The Confederate national flag flies near Fort Morgan's museum, but for how long?|