Fort McAllister

It’s the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War, so it seems only fitting that we post about one of the major sites of battle. On your way to and from the Ford Plantation, you’ll see signs for Fort McAllister. On the banks of the Ogeechee River, Ft. McAllister was a major stronghold of the Confederacy, protecting Savannah from advancing Union troops. It was nearly impenetrable until William Tecumseh Sherman’s historic march to Savannah in 1864. In fact, it was his capture of the fort that allowed him to connect with his supply ships to reinvigorate his troops when he overtook Savannah. It signaled a major turning point in the War, as Sherman proceeded from Savannah towards Ulysses S. Grant in Richmond, Virginia and helped secure the surrender of Robert E. Lee.

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