which its bermuda-covered parapets for seven long hours were rained upon by four monitors, three 13-inch mortar schooners, and five gun-boats, the enemy never renewed his efforts for its reduction, and the Confederate
flag floated proudly from its parade until that hour when it went down amid the smoke and carnage of General Hazen
The mission of this work was to prevent the ascent of the Great Ogeechee river
by the enemy, and to this end were its guns disposed.
The rear of the fort was protected by a heavy entrenchment, provided at intervals with ramps for field artillery, not with the hope of offering successful resistance to any serious investment from the land side, but for the purpose of repelling any sudden assault which might be launched by expeditions from the fleet.
Torpedoes, planted in the river under the guns of the battery, materially contributed to its protection, and late in the fall of 1864, sub-terra shells were disposed in rear of the fort.
Just prior to the siege of Savannah
the armament of Fort McAllister
consisted of the following guns: one 10-inch mortar, one 8-inch and two 10-inch columbiads, one 42-pounder gun, one 32-pounder rifle and one 32-pounder smooth-bore gun, one 24-pounder howitzer, two 12-pounder mountain howitzers, and six 6-pounder field guns.
In the magazines was a supply of rather more than one hundred and fifty rounds of ammunition to the piece.
's light battery was stationed in the neighborhood to act as a support, and to occupy, as the emergency arose, some light field works which had been thrown up at advantageous points along the banks of the river between the fort and the railroad crossing.
In anticipation of the early isolation of Fort McAllister
, and in recognition of the fact that so soon as General Sherman
's army should have fully enveloped the western lines of Savannah
no communication could be had with nor relief offered to this post, on the morning of the 8th of December 1,000 pounds of bacon, 2,250 pounds of hard bread, and other supplies, amounting in all to thirty-two days rations for two hundred men, were issued from Savannah
and safely conveyed to the fort.
Extra issues of 40 gallons of whiskey, 40 gallons of molasses, 50 pounds of candles, and some soap and salt were received at the same time.
The following day fifteen days rations were added to the above, so that the fort was amply provisioned.
Major George W. Anderson
was in command, and the garrison numbered about one hundred and fifty men.