About Blakeley :
Historic Blakeley State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of the largest National Register Historic Site in the eastern half of the United States. Within the park's grounds are the site of the last major battle of the Civil War, including several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley of April 9, 1865; the site and remnants of the important early Alabama town of Blakeley; colonial era homesteads, and evidence of American Indian habitation from the Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic periods. The park is situated in one of the most ecologically diverse sections of Alabama, and works to preserve its natural setting as a unique wildlife preserve. The park traces its origins to 1974, when the 3800-acre Blakeley Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1981 the Alabama State Legislature established the Historic Blakeley Authority as a state agency charged with developing and operating Historic Blakeley State Park.
The park currently focuses much of its historical interpretation on the story of the town of Blakeley and the Battle of Fort Blakeley which occurred on its grounds.
The Town of Blakeley
A depiction of the Reingard House, which was built in Blakeley ca. 1820 and later moved to Mobile
The Town of Blakeley is one of the oldest towns in the State of Alabama. Chartered in 1814 by the Mississippi Territory, Blakeley reached its zenith in the 1820's. In its heyday it was one of the largest cities in Alabama and a commercial rival to the city of Mobile across the bay. Blakeley once boasted of numerous homes and businesses, a newspaper, and one of the earliest steamboat construction facilities in the state. Its decline, brought on by a combination of economic factors and recurring epidemics of yellow fever, began in the late 1820s. By the time of the Civil War Blakeley remained the county seat of Baldwin County, but its population had dwindled to a few dozen families.
For a brief history of the Town of Blakeley, click here
The Battle of Fort Blakeley
Depiction of the Battle of Fort Blakeley from Harper’s Weekly of May 17, 1865. The accompanying description described the scene as "Probably the last charge of this war, it was as gallant as any on record."
The Battle of Fort Blakeley was the largest Civil War battle fought in Alabama and one of the last of the entire war. Fought on April 9, 1865 after a siege of over a week, the battle resulted in a Union victory which paved the way for the capture of the city of Mobile by Federal forces. Approximately 20,000 men fought in the combined-forces affair, including one of the largest contingents of African-American troops assembled for any battle during the Civil War. Several Medals of Honor were awarded for actions during the fight. For a brief overview of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, click here
For a list of Confederate and Union Units which participated in the Campaign for Mobile, click here
For Pvt. Thomas Washington Danner's poem about the Battle of Fort Blakeley, click here."