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Position of the Monitors

 
 
Position of the Monitors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
1. Position of the Monitors Marker
Inscription. The monitors took positions against the far marsh in the direction of the arrow, between 900 and 1200 yards from the fort during the following series of attacks: by the MONTAUK, January 27, February 1, and February 28, 1863; and by the PASSAIC, the NAHANT, and the PATAPSCO, March 3, 1863.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Location. 31° 53.492′ N, 81° 11.75′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker can be reached from Fort McAllister Road. Click for map. Located in Fort McAllister State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Obstruction of River (here, next to this marker); Damage From Naval Bombardments (a few steps from this marker); Columbiad (a few steps from this marker); Cheves' Rice Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Nicholas Clinch (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Gallie's Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Land Mines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tom Cat (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Haunted Forts - Ft MCallister
Position of the Monitors on the Ogeechee River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Position of the Monitors on the Ogeechee River
During the bombardment, the U.S.S. Montauk steamed within 150 yards of the river pilings in front of Fort McAllister, its belching cannon plowing gaping holes in the fortís defenses. During the attack, Fort McAllister would be reportedly struck by over 450 cannon balls, each being absorbed by the fortís earth and sod embankments. Confederate gunners found their mark on the iron hull of the U.S.S. Montauk 15 times during the battle, but the ships armor deflected the rounds without significant damage or casualties. At the same time, the hardened defenders of Fort McAllister also reported no casualties or significant damage as a result of feverish Union shelling. At the end of the engagement, The U.S.S. Montauk and the remaining Federal Fleet steamed away, vowing to return.
. On February 1, 1863, the U.S.S. Montauk and several wooden support craft returned to Fort McAllister determined to win the day. During the first attack, both sides traded numerous volleys of cannon fire with pretty much the same results as experienced in the previous attack in January 1863. It was reported that the U.S.S. Montauk was struck 48 times during this engagement causing little more that slight dents and dings in the ships armor. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Mortars used against Union invaders image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
3. Mortars used against Union invaders
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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