Gulf Shores is southeast of Mobile in Alabama. One of the first things you'll notice about Gulf Shores after the gorgeous, white-sand beaches, is its military past. Mobile came under American control in 1813 after it was seized from British rule. Subsequently, the Gulf Shores has gone through the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.

Fort Morgan, one of the most important landmarks in Gulf Shores, was built in a strategic area that has been used for national defense since the 16th century when the Spanish were in control here. Additionally, Fort Morgan served well in the defense against Indian attacks. This is also the place where, during the Civil War, Admiral Farragut famously exclaimed: "Damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead!"

Today, Gulf Shores is known as a popular tourist destination but traces of its military past are ubiquitous.