A collection of posts about Savannah, and other points on the Georgia coast, during the Civil War.

Evolution of Savannah’s Defense

Defenses of Savannah, part 1 and part 2

Lake Bluff battery on the Altamaha River

Gilmer recommends revisions to Savannah’s defense, August 1864

Naval Attacks on Fort McAllister

USS Montauk vs. Fort McAllster, round one, January 27, 1863

Confederate assessment of early attacks on Fort McAllister

Destruction of the CSS Nashville, February 28, 1863

The monitors return to Fort McAllister on March 3, 1863.  This attack provided much information to the Confederates about the monitors.

Federals maintain the blockade

The sortie of the CSS Atlanta.  With a look at the 6.4-inch and 7-inch Brooke Rifles on that ram.

Blockade runners Chatham and  Sylvanius captured off Darien, Georgia.

Federal raid on Whitemarsh Island, February 22, 1864.

Savannah suffers from malaria as the blockade prevents import of quinine

Federal Raids along the coast of Georgia: Summer 1864

July 30: Brunswick salt works

August 3: McIntosh raid, captures 23 old men

August 8: Dahlgren orders light infantry drill for the landing parties

August 17: Raid on South Newport

August 22: To the Satillia River for turpentine and rosin

August 24-25: Raid to Bethel on the Turtle River

August 26-September 6: More raids on the Turtle and Satilla Rivers (Glynn County)

September 10: Confederate civilians affected by these raids

September 14-22: USS Braziliera’s Georgia raids

September 22: The case of Julian M. Burnett

October 13-17: Gillespie’s Satilla River raid


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