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Fort McAllister.

In this picture of December, 1864, the Federal vessels lie peaceful before the Fort so impregnable to their attacks early the preceding year. The shore appearing below was lined with Georgia sharpshooters by Captain George W. Anderson, Jr., commander of the Fort when the monitor “Montauk” and four gunboats advanced to the attack of Feb. 1, 1863. The “Montauk,” under Commander John Lorimer Worden, hero of the original “Monitor,” was the first Federal ironclad to arrive in Ossabaw Sound. Early on January 27th, it furiously attacked the fort. On this occasion the Federal vessels did not attempt to cross the line of piles and torpedoes. The Confederates were confident that in the second attack attempts would be made to land boat-parties to assault the works, and the sharpshooters were posted to prevent this. Commander Worden and his consorts, however, contented themselves with engaging the Fort with their heavy guns and mortars. Although the Federals kept up a terrible fire, it failed to do more damage to the Fort than could be repaired at night. The Confederate guns responded vigorously in kind, and the “Montauk” was struck forty-six times.

View from Fort McAllister-Union vessels in the Roadstead

In front of the parapet--Fort McAllister


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