Map 2: Mobile Harbor and vicinity.
Map 1, taken from J. H. Colton's plans of U.S. Harbors, shows the position and vicinities of the most important fortifications on the sea-board and in the interior. The map was drawn from U.S. surveys and other authentic sources. Printed by Lang & Lang, New York, 1862.
Questions for Map 2
1. How far was Fort Morgan from the city of Mobile? Why do you think it was built where it was?
2. What besides Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico would have made Mobile a transportation center?
3. What other defenses (both natural and man-made) guarded the bay? How risky was it for the Union Navy to attempt an entry into Mobile Bay?
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