Richmond Hill in Bryan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Capt. John McCrady
Designer of Fort McAllister
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 31° 53.395′ N, 81° 11.905′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker can be reached from Fort McAllister Road, on the right when traveling east. Behind the visitor center at Fort McAllister. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major John B. Gallie (a few steps from this marker); Fort McAllister The Assault From The RearTom Cat (a few steps from this marker); Fort McAllister The Naval Bombardments (within shouting distance of this marker); Sinking of the CSS "Nashville (Rattlesnake)" (within shouting distance of this marker); Destruction of the C.S.S. Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.S. Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker); Machinery From The C.S.S. Nashville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond Hill.
Regarding Capt. John McCrady. In February 1862, Gnl. Robert E. Lee, then commander of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, authorized improvements of Ft. McAllister just before leaving to accept command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Fort McAllister was attacked 6 times by Union ironclads, gunboats and mortars, each time repelling the enemy. Damage to the fort was minimal, with repairs done usually over night. Injuries were few and mortality much less.
The seventh Yankee attack on Ft. McAllister on December 13, 1864 was land based, and was the only successful one.
Also see . . .
1. Fort McAllister. Along with the soldiers, 30 leased slaves provided the labor to construct this earthen fortification. The work on the battery was under the direction of Capt. John McCrady, Engineer. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Our Georgia History. On July 7, 1861 Company A of the 1st Georgia Infantry ("DeKalb Rifles") was detached and ordered to build the fort with available materials. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. SherpaGuides, Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Fort McAllister, a Civil War fort that guarded the back entrance to Savannah (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,566 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.