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Earthworks: 1864

Earthworks: 1864

1864. "Savannah, Georgia (vicinity). View of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River." Wet plate glass negative by Samuel A. Cooley. View full size.

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In military parlance this wood barrier is called an abatis, although a crude one and in disrepair at the time of the photo. The ditch is man-made and in defense of the fort will not allow cavalry through and will slow down infantry. But Fort McAllister fell in 15 minutes to 300 of Sherman's infantry on Dec 13,1864. To a no doubt depleted garrison due to the scorched earth policy of the Union Army of the time. Not making a judgement but it was what it was.


The earthworks look to be well preserved in this aerial photo of the fort.

My hometown!

Richmond Hill, Georgia. I spent nearly every childhood family picnic and Fourth of July here. It looks very different now.

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