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John Sledge

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Fate or Chance at Mobile Bay? 

A USS Tecumseh survivor’s eerie story.

“We will fire the town” 

In the panic-stricken aftermath of Fort Mims, many Americans feared an Indian attack on Mobile. It never came.

Gran’s Seafood Gumbo

For one local historian, memories of gumbo and his grandmother are forever intertwined.

“That Awful Ship”

The ins and outs of a 1950s effort to move the USS Hartford from Virginia to the Mobile Bay Causeway.

The Mobile Centinel

Two young publishers print a newspaper just outside the Port City as the United States attempts to claim Mobile from Spain.

Mobile’s “Rum Ring”

In honor of Mobile’s rum-running history, MB shares a refreshing cocktail recipe that was made for sipping beside the shores of the Gulf of Mexico all summer long.

Utopia by the Sea: Mobile Bay’s Pilot Town

From the early 1800s until the 1906 hurricane, an idyllic village of bar pilots and their families flourished on Fort Morgan peninsula.

 John T. Grant’s “Indispensable” Pass

In 1839, a gifted hydraulic engineer dredged a critical link between Mobile and New Orleans.

The Tattooed Cabinetmaker of French Mobile

Robert Talon could boast an extraordinary life lived amidst three distinct Gulf Coast cultures in his 37 years.

A Historian’s Restoration Wish List Ten Years On

A decade ago, MB asked historian John Sledge to share his personal restoration wish list. Happily, the intervening decade has been a strong one for historic preservation in Mobile. Allow us as a brief review of the successes of the past 10 years and a look at what remains in peril.

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