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Once that was done she had to cross the Dog River Bar to get into the lower bay.
Tennessee drew 13 ft (4.0 m), but the bar had only 9 ft (2.7 m) of water at high tide.
The Confederate Torpedo Bureau, directed by Major General Gabriel J.
Rains, contributed a passive weapon to the defense.
Jones succeeded to command of Virginia after her original commander, Franklin Buchanan, was wounded the previous day.
Buchanan had been promoted to the rank of admiral for his exploits that day, the first admiral in the Confederacy.
Given respite by the Union strategy, the Confederate Army improved the defenses of Mobile Bay by strengthening Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines at the entrance to the bay.
Across the main channel from Fort Morgan on Dauphin Island was Fort Gaines, containing 26 guns, and with a garrison of about 600.
When Page was not present, command of the fort fell to Colonel Charles D. The raw numbers of troops available do not indicate how effectively they would fight.
The mouth of the bay is marked on the east by a long narrow peninsula of sand, Mobile Point, that separates Bon Secour Bay, where the Bon Secour River enters the larger bay, from the gulf.
The point ends at the main channel into Mobile Bay, and here the United States government erected a pre-war fort to shield Mobile from enemy fleets.