Silk Hope in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Sherman''s 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. Touch 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
Also see . . . Battery Jones. The Siege of Savannah in December, 1864, and the Confederate Operations in Georgia and the Third Military 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, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,852 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.