ERIC Number: ED468405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay. Teaching with Historic Places.
Blankenship, Blanton; Rambo, Bill
Under the light of dawn, Union Admiral David Farragut began his attack on Mobile Bay, Alabama. Aware of the danger near Fort Morgan (Alabama), Farragut ordered his captains to stay to the eastward of the easternmost buoy because it was understood there were obstructions between the buoys. The ironclad USS Tecumseh, unable to avoid the danger, struck a mine and sank into the ocean depths on the morning of August 5, 1864. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places file "Fort Morgan" and other sources. The lesson can be used in U.S. history units on the U.S. Civil War, science, and technology. The lesson is divided into seven sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (3) "Locating the Site: Maps" (The Blockaded Coasts; Mobile Harbor and Vicinity); (4) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The Battle of Mobile Bay; The Defense of Fort Morgan: The Report of Brig. Gen. Richard L. Page; Personal Account of the Battle of Mobile Bay by Harrie Webster, USS Manhattan); (5) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Ironclad Monitor; USS Monitor Watercolor; Battle of Mobile Bay; Plan of the Battle; The Gulf Side of Fort Morgan after the Battle; Lighthouse and Hot Shot Furnace after the Battle); (6) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Decisions in Warfare; The Perils of New Military Technology; Building a Fort); and (7) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Civil War (United States), Heritage Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/73morgan/73morgan.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama