“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Silk Hope in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Battery Jones

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By Mike Stroud, August 2008
1. Battery Jones Marker
Inscription. Dec. 1864. Beginning near this point and extending about 500 yards north along the left bank of Salt Creek, astride the old Savannah and Darien (Ogeechee) road, strong earthworks were constructed by Confederate engineers to prevent enemy forces from crossing Salt Creek at Owens` Bridge (on the old road), the only feasible crossing in this area. Designated as "Battery Jones." they were manned by the Terrell (Ga.) Artillery, Capt. John W. Brooks, and mounted 3 32-pdr., 1 20-pdr., and 4 12-pdr., guns.

Its front protected by the marshes and its flanks supported by batteries on its right and left, Battery Jones held Owens` Bridge and the road to Savannah securely against all assaults until the night of Dec. 20th. That night, Savannah was evacuated by th Confederate forces to spare it from a destructive bombardment by heavy siege guns which had been landed at Gen. Sherman`s new base at King`s Bridge, seven miles south on the Great Ogeechee River, and to prevent the defenders from being trapped in Savannah by the vastly superior Union forces which were closing in on the city. At 8 o`clock, the guns of Battery Jones were rendered useless and its garrison was withdrawn to Savannah and thence across the river into South Carolina.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battery Jones Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 2.446′ N, 81° 11.848′ W. Marker is in Silk Hope, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Ogeechee Road (U.S. 17) and Silk Hope Road when traveling north on Ogeechee Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman's March To The Sea : (approx. 3.3 miles away); St. Joseph's Hospital (approx. 4.6 miles away); Laurel Grove South Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jasper Spring (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jasper Spring (approx. 5.3 miles away); Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History (approx. 5.3 miles away); Florance Street School (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Regarding Battery Jones. Battery Jones on the old Savannah-Darien road crossing of Salt Creek. These well armed batteries were the most active during the exchange with Federal gunners.
Also see . . .  Battery Jones. The Siege of Savannah in December, 1864, and the Confederate Operations in Georgia and the Third Military
Battery Jones Marker, Looking North on US 17 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Battery Jones Marker, Looking North on US 17
District of South Carolina during General Sherman's March from Atlanta to the Sea: Chapter 5, Pages 76-78: "...chiefly massed opposite the Confederate redoubts on our right, in front of Daly's farm, the battery on Lawton's plantation, and the work at Salt creek bridge. The work last mentioned, known as Battery Jones, was subjected to an incessant and severe fire during the continuance of the siege. " (Submitted on August 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
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4. Battery Jones
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,758 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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