We visit Fort Jackson

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Today we headed slightly further out of town down the river to Fort Jackson which was built, along with many other river forts e.g. Fort Sumter in Charleston, after the 1812 War with England to protect the coastal cities.

It's major history tho' is during the Civil War when it allowed the South access to a port so they could trade. It was not until Sherman came over from Atlanta that it had to be abandoned.

Here's an extract from the Fort's web-site:

Sally port, Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

Entrance to Fort Jackson (above)

Climb the ramparts of Fort Jackson and it is easy to see why this site was chosen to build a brick fort to protect Savannah on this spot. The year was 1808 and our relationship with Britain had worsened considerably over the past few years. Authorized by President Thomas Jefferson, Fort Jackson was built in Thunderbolt (now a section of Savannah) to protect the city from naval attack.

Named for James Jackson, the fort is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. It was not the first fort to occupy the site, however. In 1776 Savannah residents built an earthen fort, which was destroyed by the construction of Fort Jackson.

Enlisted men's barracks, Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

Fort Jackson

The fort was manned almost continuously during the first months of the War of 1812, when British privateers were setting fire to American sloops and schooners just off the coast of Georgia, and again near the end of the war when a British fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane was reportedly in the area (Georgia and the War of 1812).

Residents of Savannah turned to old Fort Jackson for protection from the Union Navy during the War Between the States (Civil War). In addition to Fort Jackson, there were ironclads, (the Georgia and the Savannah), and a line of obstrutions. The Navy never made it inland from Fort Pulaski. General Sherman did though, after completing his March to the Sea.

Ramparts cannon takes aim at a modern day ship

Old Fort JacksonOn December 17, 1864, General William T. Sherman demanded the surrender of "the surrender of the city of Savannah and its dependent forts." The surrender demand was received by General William Hardee, who commanded the Confederate forces in Savannah. Rather than fight (Hardee was overwhelmingly outnumbered), the Confederates pulled back from the city. On December 20, 1864, Sherman captured the the city of Savannah and Fort Jackson.

Afterwards we headed back into the City for another wander and found an excellent bar on the waterfront doing a bucket of oysters for $12 - it was a complete steal.

Evening meal was a roasted chicken whilst watching a Gene Simmons marathon of the most recent 13 episodes.
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