The Ghosts of Fort Morgan can still be seen and heard according to several witnesses, and if the legends are correct, there are more than just one.
In fact, the legends say that there are actually three different apparitions that haunt this old fort today.
The fort was designated as a National Historic Landmark in the year 1960.
In telling the story of the Ghosts of Fort Morgan, it helps to understand some of its history and background.
Built in the year 1834, it is a historic pentagonal bastion that was made specifically to guard the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
It was named after the Revolutionary war hero Daniel Morgan, and it was built on the exact site of a previous fort, Fort Bowyer.
It received its first Garrison in March of 1834.
Approximately one week before the State of Alabama succeeded from the Union, the Confederate Army, under the direction of Col. John Todd, captured the fort.
Once it was under their control, they began to strengthen all of its defenses along Mobile Bay.
Their major objection was to target the main shipping channel that was opposite of this historic fort.
The reason for this was simple; it was the only place where the water was deep enough for ships to pass through.
The Confederates also rebuilt both redoubts as well as the trenches east of the fort, to prevent an attack from the land side.
During the Battle of Mobile Bay and events leading up to it, is where the Ghosts of Fort Morgan begin to surface.
Once the battle started, the Union troops were able to get pass the Fort with their entire fleet of 17 ships, where they would eventually capture the stronghold.
The first story of the Ghosts of Fort Morgan continues with this battle, where the union troops totally over ran the Confederates.
As the battle was nearing a fever pitch, the Union troops continued to try to bomb the Fort to destroy it.
The closer they got to the garrison, the more accurate they got, and finally one of the bombs actually went off inside of the Fort.
When it exploded, several Confederate soldiers were burned alive by the blasts, and this is where the first of Ghosts of Fort Morgan emerges.
The men that died did so in a way that is almost unimaginable, as it was a gruesome and fiery death for all those that were anywhere near the bomb.
There have been numerous eyewitness accounts that when you are in the garrison to this day, you can hear the cries of the men that burned to death.
Witnesses say that these cries of pure anguish are even louder at night.
You can hear some muffled cries in the daytime at certain times, but at nighttime, they are unmistakable.
After the Civil War, between the years 1900 and 1923, this garrison became home to over 400 Coast Artillery soldiers.
They built over one hundred additional structures to fortify the structure even more.
It is during this time frame that the last two of the Ghosts of Fort Morgan emerge.
According to the legends and folklore, one night several of the men serving there got drunk, and while coming home, attacked a young woman and drug her into the fort.
Once there, they beat her, raped her, and then killed her.
There are several witnesses that have claimed to see the apparition of this young lady wandering the entire area of the fort.
According to the folklore, she is looking for someone to bring the guilty men to justice.
The final story of the Ghosts of Fort Morgan happened in the same time frame, according to the legend.
One of the men that were stationed there was placed into the prison barracks.
After he was in jail for several days, he could no longer stand the confinement and hung himself.
Again, there are witnesses that say you can hear this man cry out during the middle of the night in pain and agony.
While none of the Ghosts of Fort Morgan has never actually been identified, they are very real to the witnesses that have seen them and heard their chilling cries.
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