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”

Bulwark against Sherman: Land-side defenses of Savannah

Back when those were pertinent to the sesquicentennial, I discussed the coastal defenses around Savannah (part 1 and part 2).  I touched upon some of the improvements built on Whitemarsh Island early in 1864.  (And at some time after these 150ths are over, I’ll return to discuss them in more detail.)  But all of thoseContinue reading “Bulwark against Sherman: Land-side defenses of Savannah”

“Ironclads when commanded by daring men can run… past our batteries”: Savannah defenses

For some time I’ve focused on the defenses of Charleston, as they were 150 years ago, and less so on Savannah.  Both cities were considered critical to the Confederate war effort, though Savannah received less attention than the South Carolina port.  The Georgia port’s defenses continued to evolve along the lines proposed by Beauregard inContinue reading ““Ironclads when commanded by daring men can run… past our batteries”: Savannah defenses”