Historic Markers Across Alabama

32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun

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Location: can be reached from Fort Morgan Road (Alabama Route 180) 1.6 miles west of Dune Rd, AL-80, Gulf Shores, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 13.801    W 088° 1.391
  30.23001666    -88.02318333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun
On Barbette Carriage

This smoothbore, muzzle-loading cannon was one of the main coast defense weapons in the United States' arsenal when Fort Morgan was completed in 1834. With an eight pound charge of powder the gun could fire a 32 pound solid iron shot about one mile.

At the start of the Civil War in 1861 the 32 pounder was still widely used in coastal forts, but it was being replaced by more powerful and more accurate guns. When the war began there were 78 of these guns at Fort Morgan, but when the fort was captured in 1864 only 14 were still in use.

End of 32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun