Old Fort Jackson

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Fort James Jackson has been the silent sentinel protecting Savannah, Georgia, for over 200 years. Never taken by force, its soldiers also never fired a shot in anger, only in celebration. On Halloween in 1863, Confederate president Jefferson Davis received a 21-gun salute while touring the Savannah River defenses on the steamer Beauregard. However, the soldiers at the fort faced many challenges, including disease, cold, heat, mosquitoes, poor nutrition, and stress. Active during wartimes, the fort was often quietly abandoned between wars. Union soldiers last fired the fort’s guns on April 11, 1865, when Savannah got news of the fall of Richmond and the war’s end. After the Civil War, the fort’s longest wait began, despite 1870s renovation attempts. The mid-1960s saw renewal through historic preservation and archaeology as the fort became a museum. The fort was even a filming location for the movie Glory, which was appropriate as the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, an African American unit, was briefly stationed here.
ISBN: 9781467106122
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 189
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Laura Seifert is an archaeologist based in Savannah, Georgia. As a former Coastal Heritage Society employee, she had the privilege of doing several archaeology projects at Old Fort Jackson. Seifert is currently the founder and director of the Savannah Archaeological Alliance.
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