Little is know of Albert Pierce. He was a ships pilot in Grants Pass between Pascagoula and Mobile Bay. The silty bay was rapidly changing due to the sheer volume of river water that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and was a regularly assaulted by massive tidal surges from Hurricanes. This knowledge gave him a unique feel for the hazardous bay and its barrier Islands.
The Battle of Mobile Bay
Fast forward to the Battle of Mobile Bay,