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Near Ardick in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Capture of 26 Men in 1864

Capture of 23 Old Men in 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian orland
1. Capture of 23 Old Men in 1864 Marker
New caption on sign replaced in 2017 is slightly altered. The men are rejuvenated and no longer old men.

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.)
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. Old Meeting House (approx. 0.7 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ardick.
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.
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Capture of 23 Old Men in 1864”. The number has increased to 26 and "advanced age" replaced "old". (Submitted on August 15, 2019.) 
Categories. War, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2019, by Brian orland of Athens, Georgia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. 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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