Georgia Forts: Richmond Hill’s Fort McAllister
Confederate soldiers who served at Richmond Hill’s Fort McAllister may not have been in the ideal circumstances to appreciate it, but they were garrisoned in one of the prettiest views on the Georgia coast. Visitors today are captivated by the same sumptuous marsh with high and low tides that alternatively expose and cover productive oyster beds, plus an abundance of wildlife including wading birds, osprey and dolphin, that Fort McAllister’s soldiers could observe 150 years ago.
Considered to be the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, Fort McAllister was the southern anchor in a chain of Confederate defenses of Savannah built to prevent attack by sea from Union naval forces. It denied the use of the river to Union vessels, protected King's Bridge (2.5 miles north) and the Savannah and Gulf Railroad Bridge, and preserved river plantations from Union raids until it was overrun by General William Tecumseh’s Union Army in December of 1864.
The State Park includes cottages, campsites, and picnic shelters.
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Learn about the secret in Savannah, GA's backyard. Richmond Hill is the place to visit for your home away from home on the Georgia Coast.
Tom Mills and his "Famiy on the Go" video series visit Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill. Facilities at this 1,725-acre park include: tent, trailer and RV campsites; backcountry campsites; cottages; picnic shelters; group shelter; pioneer campground; earthworks fort; Civil War museum and gift shop; boat ramps and dock; fishing pier; and playgrounds. Activities include: GeoCaching; hiking and biking; picnicking; saltwater fishing; four tours (with reservations); canoe rental; birding on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail; and a teacher's resource for touring historic sites.
Fort McAllister, the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, fell to the Union Army in December 1864 during Sherman's March to the Sea.