On This Day In Alabama History: Confederates Prepared For Naval War

| February 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Graydon Rust Alabama 200

February 13, 1861

The Confederate Committee on Naval Affairs met in Montgomery to organize the Confederate Navy, prepare coastal defenses of the South’s five principal ports and recruit Southern naval officers. Home to the economically important port of Mobile and an extensive river system, Alabama played a significant role in Confederate naval operations throughout the Civil War. Many Alabamians served as sailors and officers, and shipyards in Montgomery, Mobile and Selma contributed innovative shipbuilding techniques to the Confederate Navy, including the production of ironclad ships and a submarine. Alabama’s naval importance continued until August 1864, when Union forces took control of the port of Mobile following the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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