Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear

Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear (HMAHZ)

Location: Richmond Hill, GA 31324 Bryan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 53.394', W 81° 11.913'

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Dec. 1864. Fort McAllister, built 1861-62 to close the Great Ogeechee River to enemy ships, mounted 11 siege 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. Wm. B. Hazen's Division, 15th Corps [USA], 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 [USA], waiting in Ossabaw Sound.

Losses: [USA] 24 killed, 110 wounded, total 134; [CSA] 14 killed, 21 wounded, 195 captured, total 230.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number015-3
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 12:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 481223 N 3528249
Decimal Degrees31.88990000, -81.19855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 53.394', W 81° 11.913'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 53' 23.64" N, 81° 11' 54.78" W
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Area Code(s)229, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3894 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill GA 31324, US
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