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Buchanan had been promoted to the rank of admiral for his exploits that day, the first admiral in the Confederacy.
Admiral Buchanan was now in command of the small Confederate flotilla at Mobile.
In addition, they set up Fort Powell, a smaller work that guarded the Grant's Pass channel.
Launched before her machinery and guns were in place, Tennessee was towed down to Mobile Bay for completion.
Once that was done she had to cross the Dog River Bar to get into the lower bay.
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 war was already winding down, and assertions were made that the morale of the soldiers was bad.