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Complete control of lower Mobile Bay thus passed to the Union forces.

The bay is about 33 mi (53 km) long; the lower bay is about 23 mi (37 km) at its greatest width.

It is deep enough to accommodate ocean-going vessels in the lower half without dredging; above the mouth of Dog River the water becomes shoal, so deep-draft vessels could not approach the city.

The mouth of the bay is marked on the east by a long narrow peninsula of sand, Mobile Point, that separates Bon Secour Bay, where the Bon Secour River enters the larger bay, from the gulf.

The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864 was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Federal fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G.

Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay.

The battle was marked by Farragut's seemingly rash but successful run through a minefield that had just claimed one of his ironclad monitors, enabling his fleet to get beyond the range of the shore-based guns.This was followed by a reduction of the Confederate fleet to a single vessel, ironclad CSS Tennessee.Tennessee did not then retire, but engaged the entire Northern fleet.Tennessees armor enabled her to inflict more injury than she received, but she could not overcome the imbalance in numbers.She was eventually reduced to a motionless hulk and surrendered, ending the battle.With no Navy to support them, the three forts also surrendered within days.

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