Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Evacuation of Savannah
On the 19th, orders were issued giving priorities and times of withdrawal. The heavy guns were spiked and carriages and ammunition destroyed. At dark, the garrisons of Whitemarsh Island were withdrawn into the city and evacuated via the bridges.
At dark on the 20th, the garrisons of Causton's Bluff, Thunderbolt
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-52.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Sherman’s March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 4.905′ N, 81° 5.661′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on West Bay Street near Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Act of Alcohol Prohibition in America (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jonathan Bryan (about 400 feet away); Ships That Carried the Name Savannah (about 400 feet away); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works (about 400 feet away); John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer SS Savannah and SS John Randolph (about 500 feet away); William Bartram Trail (about 500 feet away); First African Baptist Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Evacuation of Savannah. In the Civil War, the Thunderbolt Battery was instrumental in the defense of Savannah. Thunderbolt never fell to the enemy, and increased armament and river obstructions kept the Union forces from landing. It was the advance of Union troops on Fort McAllister by land that led to the evacuation of Savannah and Thunderbolt Battery. Nothing remains of the Thunderbolt Battery today due to a combination of initial neglect and commercial and industrial development.
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1. Evacuation Of Savannah article Written by Rev George Adams Blount on May 25, 1903. It was a night of terror, for no one knew what the morrow would bring forth. Sherman had burned Atlanta and had driven the helpless women and children into exile. What he would do to Savannah was a question often asked, but no one could answer. (Submitted on February 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Sherman's Fifth Corps, by Major James A. Connolly, 123rd Illinois Infantry. "The evacuation of Savannah by the Confederate army, which took place last night, left the gates to the city open, and General Sherman, with his army will, no doubt, to-day take possession." (Submitted on February 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. CSS Georgia and Evacuation of Savannah. Since she lacked effective locomotive power, the Confederates found it necessary to burn and destroy her during the evacuation of Savannah on December 21, 1864. (Submitted on February 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
4. Our Georgia History , Ft McAllister. the fort was the only obstacle preventing General Sherman from reaching the friendly fleet just off the Georgia coast. (Submitted on February 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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