Experience what it was like in the events leading up to the final assault on Fort McAllister in December, 1864. On Friday, December 8th, visitors can tour the Union camps, and view Confederates getting ready for the impending attack.
Encampment tours take place on Friday from 8-5 and Saturday from 9-2. Then, at 4:45 pm on Saturday, witness the reenactment of the final assault – which marked the end of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Guests need to be in place by 4 pm.
Don’t miss this living history program including re-enactments, cannon and musket firings, military drills, an informative video and fort and museum tours (included with admission).
Cost: $15-$20 per person (no ParkPass needed). Children two and under are free.
ABOUT FORT MCALLISTER:
Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864 — ending Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video and gift shop.
Nestled among giant live oaks, Spanish moss and salt marsh, this park is a beautiful location for camping, fishing, boating and picnicking. Seven cabins sit on stilts near the marsh, surrounded by palm trees and palmettos. The shaded campground is bordered by tidal Redbird Creek, a boat ramp, fishing dock and nature trail. A large picnic area offers river views and playgrounds, while another boat ramp provides access to the Ogeechee River.
For more information, visit www.gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister or call the park office at 912-727-2339.