Apologies for the tardiness of my posts! The 2017 road trip hasn't been conducive to spending lengthy time on line. There's been good friends to visit with, miles to drive and some very poor connectivity at times.
We did spend the night on Dauphin Island, Alabama. It's home to the 150 year old Fort Gaines and remembered from the naval battle of Mobile Bay where the Union Admiral used the phrase, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!".
The first Europeans to settle the area were the French, followed by the British and then the Spanish before being sold to the United States. The The fort was built as the state of Alabama was brought into the Union. It was held by the Confederates before falling in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
It's armaments were upgraded in the First World War, but it was only used as a training establishment in the Second World War.
The Fort has wooden bunkbeds for use by Scouts and other groups that may wish to use the facility. During our stay on the Island, a local World War II re-enactment club was in attendance with both American and German uniforms and equipment.