Fort McAllister military records
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Fort McAllister military records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Confederate States of America. Army.
Title: Fort McAllister military records
Dates: 1863
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0262

Biographical/Historical Note

Fort McAllister was an earthen work built early in the Civil War on Genesis Point at the mouth of the Ogeechee River. It was to guard against any attack on Savannah by way of that river. Early in 1863 it was defended by a small force commanded by Captain John B. Gallie. Its armament was also meager. January 27 was the beginning of a series of attacks on the fort by federal gun boats. It withstood four such attacks with small damage to the fort. Captain Gallie was killed in one of the assaults. The fort was captured by a land force on December 13, 1864.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two general orders and a joint resolution of the Confederate States Congress regarding the gallant defense of the fort by the small garrison in 1863. The first two are official copies.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army.
Confederate States of America. Congress.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Fort McAllister (Ga. : Fort)
Gallie, John B., d. 1864.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Orders (military records)
Resolutions (administrative records)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Fort McAllister military records, MS 262, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: General Orders No. 6 Head Qrs Dist. Of Georgia. Savannah, 1863 February 2 ( 1.0 p. )
General Beuaregard presents his thanks by telegraph to the gallant defenders against 6 gunboats. Signed by command of Brig. General Mercer, by W.W. Gordon, Capt. and A.A.G. and George A. Mercer, A.A.G.
Item 2: General Orders No. 23. Head Qrs., Dept. S.C., Geo. & Fla. Charleston, South Carolina, 1863 February 6 ( 1.0 p. )
Announcement to the forces by General Beauregard of the gallant defense of Fort McAllister against an attack by an iron-clad and other vessels; death of Captain John B. Gallie. Signed by command of General Beauregard by Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff; W.W. Gordon, Capt. & A.A.G.
Item 3: Joint resolution of the Confederate States Congress of thanks to the officers and soldiers engaged in the defense of Fort McAllister, 1863 May 1 ( 2.0 p. )
Signed by Thomas S. Bocock, Speaker of the House, Alexander H. Stephens, President of the Senate; approved May 1, 1863, Jefferson Davis. On verso, signed notes that it passed the House of April 27, the Senate on May 1, 1863, and a certification that the joint resolution originated in the House of Representatives.