Fort Morgan is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores, AL and also reachable via the Mobile Bay auto ferry located on Dauphin Island (notably, the same auto ferry President Obama rode while visiting the gulf coast after the BP oil spill disaster). After the War of 1812 with the threat of British and Spanish invasion, the U.S. reexamined its national security. In 1815 Congress allotted 8.5 million dollars to the construction of fortifications on the coastal regions of the U.S. The construction of Fort Morgan began in 1818. After a work force of mostly slaves placed over 40 million bricks, the fort was completed in 1834. Fort Morgan played a key role in the Civil War during the Battle of Mobile Bay. After two weeks of being under siege from Union forces the fort finally surrendered.
The fort was also active in the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II. During 1895-1904 concrete artillery batteries were added to the fort and additional military building were added from 1899 to 1910. A museum of Mobile Point American military history that includes details from 1845 to 1945 is located within the fort. Many of the exhibits feature items from the soldiers that served at the fort. The site offers such experiences as guided tours and a yearly reenactment. The fort is also part of a bird sanctuary, and contains both a fishing pier and picnic area.