One thing that identifies us as Americans is our history and geography. We are rapidly losing our identity. Is it no wonder that we are losing our historical places too?
Places and artifacts define our American identity. I just need to repeat the names and you will recognize them. The Revolutionary War—Yorktown—Independence Hall in Philadelphia—The declaration of Independence—the Constitution. The White House—the Capitol—the Washington Monument—the Lincoln Memorial. The Civil War—Gettysburg—War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans—Fort McHenry—Fort Morgan.
Fort Morgan from overhead, guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1834.
The history does go further back, but unfortunately Prince Modoc landing there is a myth created in the 1950s by the caretaker, Hatchett Chandler.
Chandler created many stories and myths about Fort Morgan to generate tourism. Anything from the first white baby born in North America, to Andrew Jackson firing the cannon shot during the War of 1812 that sunk the British ship Hermes resulting in the Brits deciding to give up North America.
Many of Chandlers stories can easily be disproven by historical record. The problem is that he published his fanciful tales in a book, "Little Gems of Fort Morgan" and had copies given to every school child in Alabama as well as sending copies all over the country.
As far as the Prince Modoc tale, the story has been researcher by the fort curators as well as university professors, combing national archives and welsh records. There is absolutely no evidence that Modoc ever landed at Mobile Point. The only source of Modoc landing is from Hatchett Chandler himself. It appears that Chandler just made up the story using a vague reference that had no mention of Mobile Point.
Prince Modoc is a somewhat legendary/mythical character of which little facts are known, much like King Arthur. Wales was never known as a major seafaring power, which leads doubt to making a trans-atlantic voyage and back in the 12th century.
Unfortunately Chandler created a myth that has no basis in fact, that people insist on perpetuating today.