Fort Powell

On August 5, 1864, Union Rear Admiral David Farragut launched an attack on the Southern port of Mobile, Alabama, a favorite haven of Confederate blockade runners in the Gulf. Although the Union ironclad, the USS Tecumseh, sank upon entering the Bay, the admiral urged his sailors on, his orders eventually paraphrased into the famous quote, "Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!" The Union navy captured the Confederacy’s fearsome ironclad, the CSS Tennessee and the Bay’s defensive forts. The city itself remained under Southern control, but the Bay was effectively closed to blockade runners.
After a bombardment by Union ships, Confederate forces evacuated Fort Powell and destroyed its cannon, ensuring that they could not be used by the enemy. In this print, a rowboat carries men towards the fort, which is outfitted with a dozen dormitories for its defenders. To the right, a boat sails past.
Jules Manouvrier (1816-1872) was born in Bremen, Germany and arrived in New Orleans in 1838. Trained as a lithographer, he operated Manouvrier & Co. during the Civil War, producing sheet music covers and banknotes. From 1866 until his death in 1872, he partnered with Dionis Simon (1830-1876), another New Orleans-based lithographer.
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Date made
Manouvrier, Jules
Simon, Dionis
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
image: 7 in x 12 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 31.75 cm
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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