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Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear

Marker ID: GHM 015-3
Location: At Fort McAllister
County: Bryan
Coordinates: N 31° 53.393    W 081° 11.911
  31.889883    -81.19851
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WME1ND
Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear  Marker  


Dec. 1864. Fort McAllister, built 1861-62 to close the Great Ogeechee River to enemy ships, mounted 11 seige [sic] guns, 12 field pieces and 1 10-inch mortar. Below it, piles and torpedoes obstructed the channel. As the Union forces neared Savannah, the fort´s capture became imperative in order that ships could pass up-river to supply them. Naval attempts having failed, Brig. Gen. So. B. Hazen´s Division, 15th Corps [Union], was ordered to cross the river, move to the fort, and take it from the rear.

At dawn on the 13th, Hazen crossed at King´s Bridge, marched via ´Cross Roads´ (Richmond Hill) and Bryan Neck road (Ga 63), arriving about noon. At 4:45, after a difficult deployment, he assaulted the fort; by 5:00, his three brigades had swarmed over the works and overpowered individually Major Geo. W. Anderson´s small garrison of 230 Georgians who fought gallantly to the end. Gen. Sherman watched the assault from Dr. Cheves´ rice mill, 2 1/2 miles NNW across the river, after which he opened communications with Adm. Dahlgren´s fleet [Union], waiting in Ossabaw Sound.

Losses: [Union] 24 killed, 110 wounded, total 134; [Confederate] 14 killed, 21 wounded, 195 captured, total 230.



Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear