Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The Taking of Fort McAllister, Part 1

Fort McAllister… a topic for which I cannot restrain myself to a single blog post, and I won’t!  My fascination with this battle dates back to my Army days. Being stationed a short drive from the battlefield, it was a “quick run.” Later, when tasked to provide a staff ride for our unit, I marriedContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The Taking of Fort McAllister, Part 1”

Marching through Georgia, December 9, 1864: Pulling up bridges too soon; Battling with guard posts

For brevity in the previous post on Savannah’s fortifications, I’d held back discussion of the “outer” layer of defenses to the west – those of extended outposts placed along the likely avenues of advance.  These were isolated works, typically for one or two field artillery pieces.  The mission of these detached forces was to delayContinue reading “Marching through Georgia, December 9, 1864: Pulling up bridges too soon; Battling with guard posts”

Marching Through Georgia, December 7, 1864: Crossing rivers under fire and by way of burning bridges

As Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies neared Savannah and the coast, the columns entered a region of lowland swamps drained by sluggish streams.  Crossing points, such as over the Ocmulgee and Ogeechee Rivers, were critical during the earlier stages of the march.  But in those coastal areas, even a minor stream could become a majorContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 7, 1864: Crossing rivers under fire and by way of burning bridges”