In 1997 the BGES, acting as its own agent, convened a 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 among 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. Furthermore, the Mobile Convention and Visitors Corporation, under the leadership of Sonny Mares, made a considerable investment in developing a campaign map 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 a campaign map plus 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):