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Major Gallie's Gun

 
 
Major Gallie's Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
1. Major Gallie's Gun Marker
Inscription. In this emplacement, chosen nearest the enemy, was the gun, an 8-inch columbiad, commanded personally by Major John B. Gallie.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Location. 31° 53.485′ N, 81° 11.725′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker can be reached from Fort McAllister Road. Touch 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. Columbiad (a few steps from this marker); Position of the Monitors (within shouting distance of this marker); Obstruction of River (within shouting distance of this marker); Damage From Naval Bombardments (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheves' Rice Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Nicholas Clinch (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Regarding Major Gallie's Gun. columbiad - A form of seacoast cannon; a long, chambered gun designed for throwing shot or shells with heavy charges
Major Gallie's Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Major Gallie's Gun Marker
of powder, at high angles of elevation.
 
Also see . . .  Haunted Forts - Ft McAllister. 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 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
The Men Behind The Guns image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. The Men Behind The Guns
Who were the men who defended Fort McAllister ? And who were her Union attackers ?
In its 3 years of active duty, this earthen fortication on the Great Ogeechee River was home to about a dozen different companies of Confederate Troops, and the target of thousands of Union Navy and Army combatants whose military service had taken them far from home.
Most of the Confederate troops came from the coastal region, but others came from across Georgia. Judging from the wartime diary of Lieutenant William Dixon of the Savannah Republican Blues ( Company C of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry ), they wer an energetic, colorful ot who retained their high spirits in face of grave danger. " The [ gunboat ] let fly one shot at us, but [ did ] no damage further than striking the Doctor's tent and knocking over a chair with his pitcher and basin in it, " he writes, "We had just sat down to dinner, and [ we ] lost our dinner by the operation."
Confined in close quarters under difficult conditions, they worked well together and suffered remarkably few losses. In fact, the fort's only fatalities in the landmark battle against the Union ironclad Montauk were its commander, the Scottish-born Major John B. Gallie and its feline mascot, Tom Cat. Upon Major Gallie's death, the fort was commanded by the young leader of the Blues, George W. Anderson, Jr., for the remainder of the war. The Republican Blues, along with the Chatham Artillery, Martin's Light Artillery, the Hardwick Mounted Rifles, and other companies of the 1st Georgia Infantry were stationed at Fort McAllister for about two years before being sent northward to help embattled Confederate armies in Tennessee and Virginia. Other units at Fort McAllister at various times included the DeKalb Rifles ( who constructed the fort ), the Emmett Rifles, the 1st Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters, the Clinch Light Artillery, the 63rd Regiment of Georgia, and the 22nd Heavy Artillery.
Major Gallie's Gun image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Major Gallie's Gun
Major Gallie's Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
5. Major Gallie's Gun Marker
Major Gallie's Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
6. Major Gallie's Gun Marker
Major Gallie's Gun , a columbiad, like this one image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2008
7. Major Gallie's Gun , a columbiad, like this one
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,148 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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