Snowy Range Pass

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fort McAllister State Park

Our next stop was Fort McAllister State Park located on the Ogeechee River south of Savannah.  This park  has an important Civil War site on the grounds.  The south had build a number of substantial forts along the river farther out towards the sea on barrier islands to defend the approaches to Savannah Harbor from attack and resist the Union naval blockade.   The plantation owners wanted additional protection for their property.  Plantation owner Joseph McAllister, who owned extensive land along the river, donated the land for a simple earthen fort to be built. In 1861 construction began with slave labor and local Confederate militia.  The fort proved to be very effective in preventing the union ships from moving on the river and held against heavy bombardment better than the more modern constructed forts along the river. 

By 1864 the Union had developed more powerful cannon and artillery.  Union General Sherman watched the destruction of the fort on 13 Dec, 1864 before continuing on to take Savannah.

An interpretive center in the park provides a good insight into the history of the fort and information on the Civil War in general.

One letter from President Lincoln  to A H Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy highlights the slavery issue as Lincoln saw it. This letter suggests that, in 1860, Lincoln was not going to free all southern slaves, if the southern states abandoned their attempt to secede from the union. 

Today, there is a reconstructed earthen fort on the grounds built from the original plans. After visiting the interpretive center, you can really visualize the importance of the fort to the south.

The camping area is about a mile drive from the check in office. It is located in a swamp like  area mostly surrounded by water.  It can be a little tight for bigger rigs.  Anneke immediately ran into some of the abundant wildlife when she headed to the trash containers and found at least three raccoons checking the containers out for goodies.  We enjoyed a few hours outside,  but as darkness settled in we decided to head indoors.  The raccoons were in the trees nearby and alligators and snakes are commonly seen here.  


Paul and Marti Dahl said...

It's amazing how many Civil War sites there are around the South. When we lived in VA, we were right next to Bull Run NP, and we had a stream running right in our back yard. You could almost see the soldiers filling their canteens with your imagination.

8x7 foot craters? That was a lot of shoveling to get them filled in overnight. But you can do amazing things when there is no TV or Internet to occupy your time... :cD

Wanderin' said...

We've been to quite a few Civil War battlefields. There are so many. Some of them are huge and very well marked. Looks like you found a very interesting one to check out.

Happytrails said...

Very interesting place!! We've visited many Civil War sites but haven't been to this's on our list now!!
Be careful of those alligators!!🙂

Bob and Jo said...

Like history but maybe not alligators so close :-)