Near Ardick in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Capture of 26 Men in 1864
Near here, in Ebenezer Church which was acting as the McIntosh County Courthouse following the burning of Darien by United States forces in 1863, 26 men were captured by U.S. troops on the night of August 3rd, 1864. These civilians, many of advanced age and unable to serve in the military, were the sole protection of McIntosh County, which was constantly being plundered by forces from blockade gunboats. Advised of the meeting by spies, Federal troops surrounded the church in the darkness and opened fire. The men were captured and marched overland to Blue and Hall Landing near Darien, where they were put on board ship and taken to northern prisons.
Re-erected by the Georgia Historical Society in 2017
Erected 2017 by Georgia Historical Society. (Marker Number 095-33.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 31° 29.543′ N, 81° 26.689′ W. Marker is near Ardick, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Way (U.S. 17) and Churchill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Townsend GA 31331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ardoch (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Court House at Sapelo Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); John Houstoun McIntosh (approx. 4.3 miles away); Rice Hope (approx. 4.4 miles away); Baisden's Bluff Academy (approx. 4.8 miles away); “The Thicket” (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sapelo Island (approx. 5.4 miles away); Captain William McIntosh (approx. 5˝ miles away).
Regarding Capture of 26 Men in 1864. The text of this replacement marker was likely changed from the original text in order to more accurately describe the men captured in this action on August 3, 1864. Of the 26 men captured, eight were under 50. The other 18 men ranged in ages from 50 to 60. The Confederacy had extended the age limit for conscription to 50 years old in February 1864. See the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies for further information.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2019, by Brian orland of Athens, Georgia. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 15, 2019, by Brian orland of Athens, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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