Blakeley's location on the northern portion of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta made it a prime location for a town and a strategic spot during the Civil War. Today it is home to an interesting array of animals and plants. Historic Blakeley State Park has a Nature Center showing the wildlife of the area.more
People lived on this land well before the Civil War, however. Prehistoric Indians settled here 4000 years ago. The Spanish, French and British also explored the area. The town of Blakeley was chartered on 4v January 1814 by Josiah Blakeley. The town quickly grew to 4000 inhabitants; but in 1828 the town declined quickly due to rampant land...more
Another weapon used during the battle here were "subterra" or what evolved into land mines. These were canonshells that had pressure switches. Theye were used by the Union Army and were placed before the battle. They ended up between the main trench for the Union Army and their rifle pits so their soldiers had to "step lightly".more
The Confederate Army built a series of breastworks (a temporary fortification usually made of earth that is breast high to protect soldiers who fire over them) and redoubts (a fort or fort system usually consisting of an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger fort) along with battery emplacements and other positions throughout the western...more
Historic Blakeley State Park preserves the location of the ghost town of Blakeley along with the remains of a Confederate fortification and the Union positions built to support their attack. The battle here raged on from 2 to 9 April 1865. The battle resulted in a Union victory. Ironically the battle ended 6 hours after the war ended with Robert E....more
There is a two-hour cruise available on board the Delta Explorer that will show you some of the delta and the wildlife. Cost is $22 for adults and $12 for kids 6 to 12.
There are a total of 10.5 miles of hiking trails in the park. I hiked three of the trails. The first is the breastworks trail that led to the battlefield. It is relatively flat and short. It crosses a few wet areas via a boardwalk. Good walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.more