In 1997 the BGES acting as its own agent convened another successful conference concerning the presentation and preservation of sites related to the 1864 and 1865 Mobile Campaign. The conference held in Orange Beach, Alabama produced consensus on a number of issues and identified areas of difficulty in cooperation between other parties. The conference has produced the broadest level of state support with the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau under the leadership of Herbert Malone and the Mobile Convention and Visitors Corporation under the leadership of Sonny Mares made a considerable investment in developing a campaign map and developing and installing a multi-site heritage trail from the sites around Forts Morgan and Gaines, across the region including Fort Blakely, Spanish Fort, Mobile and Citronelle. the signs were done by Synsyne Products of Johnson City, Tennessee where Michael Beard is the principal. Information on the tour and other related items can be gained by contacting the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau in Gulf Shore, Alabama.
Read the full Mobile Bay Campaign Interpretation and Preservation Report in three parts by clicking the links below (downloadable pdf):
Part II: Starting with the Current Situation
Part III: Continuing with Recommendations