– Civil War Series –
Roughly a 40-minute drive south of Savannah, Georgia, Fort McAllister State Historic Park preserves one of the country’s best remaining examples of a Civil War earthwork fortification. Constructed early in the war, Fort McAllister occupied a key position on the Ogeechee River and played an important role in facilitating the passage of legendary Confederate blockade runner, the CSS Nashville. Despite withstanding several assaults by the Union Navy in 1862 and 1863, the fort is most famous, however, for its ultimate surrender on December 13, 1864—the final notch in Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea.” Savannah itself would fall by year’s end.
Today, Fort McAllister State Historic Park offers a self-guided walking tour of the fort, and has a surprisingly extensive Civil War museum. There are also two hiking trails that explore the area’s salt marshes and coastal woodlands.