The Defense of the Altamaha Bridge

The Defense of the Altamaha Bridge (HM2O5)

Location: Jesup, GA 31546 Long County
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N 31° 40.702', W 81° 48.981'

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On Dec 1, 1864, while General Sherman's army was on its destructive march to the Sea, the Fourth Brigade, Georgia Militia, Brig. Gen. H. K. McKay, reached Morgan's Lake (0.7 mile SE) to defend the Savannah and Gulf (ACL) RR bridge over the Altamaha River at Doctor Town (1.5 miles S). Earthworks were built on the north bank and two 32-pounder rifled guns were mounted at Doctor Town to sweep the bridge. A light gun mounted on an engine supported two companies of infantry at Morgan's Lake.

On the 16th Gen. Sherman sent Hazen's division, 13th Corps to destroy the railroad from Great Ogeechee River to McIntosh. and Mower's division, 17th Corps, to destroy it from that point to Doctor Town. By the 19th the work had been completed as far as Morgan's Lake when Mower, under previous orders, moved back to rejoin the forces closing in on Savannah, leaving the task of destroying the Altamaha bridge to Atkins' brigade of Kilpatrick's cavalry division which, with the 1st Alabama Cavalry, had been covering the infantry's working parties. Atkins succeeded in destroying the trestle work past Morgan's Lake but could neither capture the bridge nor cross the river and attack the Doctor Town battery from the rear. Unable to dislodge the Confederate defenders, Atkins finally withdrew, marched through Hinesville, and rejoined Kilpatrick at Great Ogeechee River.
HM NumberHM2O5
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number091-6
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 1:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 422622 N 3505075
Decimal Degrees31.67836667, -81.81635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 40.702', W 81° 48.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 40' 42.12" N, 81° 48' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5078-5086 US-301, Jesup GA 31546, US
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