Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division Historical

Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division Historical (HM1WI7)

Location: Spanish Fort, AL 36527 Baldwin County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 41.363', W 87° 54.762'

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Located on this bluff overlooking Minette Bay, Battery No. 21 anchored the right flank of Maj. Gen. Edward Canby's Army of West Mississippi during the Battle of Spanish Fort. Maj. Gen. Andrew Smith's XVI Army Corps occupied the right half of Canby's force during the thirteen-day siege. Smith's troops were from IL IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, and OH. The 14th Indiana Light Artillery, under the command of Capt. Francis Morse, manned Battery No. 21. They were armed with two 12-pounder Napoleon cannons.

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Col. James Geddes' Brigade of Brig. Gen. Eugene Carr's Division occupied the extreme right of the Union line. The brigade consisted of the 81st, 108th, 124th IL, and the 8th IA Infantry Regiments. At 6:10 pm on April 8, 1865, the 8th Iowa began the final assault on the Confederate line when they charged across the swamp at the base of this bluff. 1st Sgt. Edgar Bras of Co. K of the 8th Iowa was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing a battle flag from the hands of a color-bearer from a Texas cavalry regiment.
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HM NumberHM1WI7
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Placed BySons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Department of Iowa
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 412585 N 3395534
Decimal Degrees30.68938333, -87.91270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 41.363', W 87° 54.762'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 41' 21.78" N, 87° 54' 45.72" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230 General Canby Loop, Spanish Fort AL 36527, US
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