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Richmond Hill in Bryan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Major John B. Gallie

 
 
Major John B. Gallie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
1. Major John B. Gallie Marker
Inscription.  Killed in action while commanding the fort during the second attack of the monitor MONTAUK, February 1, 1863. The 32-pounder beside which he was standing was struck while Gallie was going from gun to gun, encouraging his men to calmness of aim.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 31° 53.4′ N, 81° 11.902′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker is on Fort McAllister Road. Located at Fort McAllister State Park, behind visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Capt. John McCrady (a few steps from this marker); Tom Cat (a few steps from this marker); Fort McAllister The Assault From The Rear (a few steps from this marker); Fort McAllister The Naval Bombardments (within shouting distance of this marker); Destruction of the C.S.S. Nashville
Major John B. Gallie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Major John B. Gallie Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.S. Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker); Sinking of the CSS "Nashville (Rattlesnake)" (within shouting distance of this marker); Machinery From The C.S.S. Nashville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Haunted Forts, Fort McAllister. During the second Union assault, the fort’s commander, Major John B. Gallie, was decapitated by a 15 inch Union shell that ricocheted off one of Fort McAllister’s many cannon. Major Gallie was valiantly supervising one of the fort’s 8-inch artillery positions when he was violently dispatched in front of the startled eyes of his comrades in arms. One later report suggested that Major Gallie was “scalped” by the errant Union round while some say the blast “exposed his brains”. (Submitted on October 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Major John B. Gallie Marker, second from the left, along with missing markers for Fort McAllister image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
3. Major John B. Gallie Marker, second from the left, along with missing markers for Fort McAllister
A Seacoast Gun Position image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. A Seacoast Gun Position
Major Gallie was killed at a gun position similar to this one. However, the artillery piece here is a columbiad. The Major Gallie was killed beside a 32-pounder, which was much smaller.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,173 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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