the Forts in Georgia

the Forts in Georgia

Forts in Georgia

A brief anecdote follows from my visit. I arrived at the Gates of Tabor in Georgia’s capital, Tblisi. The site is the remains of the country’s first line of defense, which existed for one hundred and fifty years in the fifteenth century.



Late Afternoon: Travel about an hour’s drive north of Fort Frederica to the fort known as Fort Morris, Fort George and Fort Defiance. Our young nation had to avert threats from the British during its earliest years, so Fort Morris was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots in 1777 on the Medway River at Sunbury. The British captured this fort in 1779, renamed it Fort George, but then abandoned it later that year. Fort Defiance was constructed at the site in 1814, as the need arose to again defend Sunbury and the river from the British during the War of 1812. Fort Morris and Sunbury played a minor role in the American Civil War, with Union troops removing some of the fort’s cannons to be taken to Union-controlled forts on the coast.

Afternoon: On the other side of Savannah from Tybee, Fort McAllister sits on the banks of the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill. This scenic park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864 – ending General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades, and a Civil War museum with artifacts, a video and gift shop. If you reserved one of the cabins near the marsh or a spot in the shaded campground, you can relax at the end of the day, make s’mores and look at the stars in the night sky. (Source: visitcoastalgeorgia.org)



Fort Benning Army base is a large Army base, covering 182,000 acres of land in west central Georgia. 120,000 active servicemembers and their families, veterans and reservists work to uphold the mission of Fort Benning – to be “First in training, First in readiness, and First in quality of life”. Fort Benning is made up of four primary areas also known as cantonments. The Main Post offers housing for the 36th Engineer Group, the 29th Infantry Regiment and more. Kelley Hill houses the 3rd Infantry Division’s Heavy Advise and Assist Brigade Combat Team. Sand Hill belongs to the Basic Combat Training and Infantry Training Brigades, and Harmony Church supports the 1/29th Infantry, the 2/29th Infantry Sniper School and the beginning part of Ranger School.

Fort Oglethorpe.-Prior to 1808 the fortification on the point of land opposite to the Five Fathom Hole, about two miles from the city of Savannah, was known as the 'Mud Fort.'� On May 16, 1808, the land was conveyed to the United States by Nicholas Trumbull, and on the 22d of the following December the Georgia legislature made formal cession of jurisdiction to the Federal government. A new fort was erected, named Fort Jackson, in honor of Gen. James Jackson, and during the war of 1812 it was occupied by a detachment of the Chatham artillery. About 1833 the fort was destroyed by fire and was not rebuilt until 1842. It is now known as Fort Oglethorpe. (Source: genealogytrails.com)



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