History comes alive via blacksmithing & reenacting at Civil War-era Fort Gaines, Alabama

Jul 27, 2017

Blacksmith, Ralph Oalmann teaches history through his craft and presentations at Fort Gaines
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Fort Gaines Historic Site on Daughin Island, Alabama was etched in to the annals of Civil War history as the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay where Union Naval Admiral Farragot shouted the legendary order, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.”

Today Fort Gaines is a historic site along the Gulf Coast.

Tunnels and bunkers abound at Fort Gaines, Alabama
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Come along and join resident blacksmith, Ralph Oalmann and Civil War Confederate soldier reenactor/park ranger, Mark Lyman. 
Fort Gaines is less than an hours drive from Mobile, Alabama.

Fort Gaines Ranger Mark Lyman in Confederate reenactor garb
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Ralph Oalmannn met Lyman when he was a visitor to the park. Oalmann spoke so passionately about his craft and working at Fort Gaines, that it spurred Lyman to come and work at the park and delve in to living history.

Civil War era tunnel at Fort Gaines Alabama
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Park Ranger Mark Lyman dressed as a Confederate soldier prepares to fire a cannon at Fort Gaines, Alabama
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