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Fort McAllister II   

Other Names: None

Location: Bryan County

Campaign: Savannah Campaign (1864)

Date(s): December 13, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen [US]; Maj. George A. Anderson [CS]

Forces Engaged: 2nd Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee [US]; Fort McAllister Garrison (120 men) [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 205 total (US 134; CS 71)

Description: As Sherman’ s troops approached Savannah they sorely required supplies. Sherman determined that if he could take Fort McAllister, supply ships could reach him. Thus, he ordered Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard, commander of his right wing, to take the fort. Howard chose Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen to accomplish the task. Hazen, in the afternoon of December 13, had his men in line for the attack. Upon giving the order to attack, his men rushed forward through the various obstacles prepared for them, entered the fort, and captured it. With his supply line open, Sherman could now prepare for the siege and capture of Savannah.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: GA028

Preservation Priority: III.2 (Class B)

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