Fort McAllister, GA II

Date(s): December 13, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Fort McAllister, Bryan, Georgia, United States

Campaign(s): Savannah Campaign [1864]  

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen

  • Confederate: Maj. George A. Anderson

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 2nd Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee ]

  • Confederate: Fort McAllister Garrison (120 men)


  • As Sherman’ s troops approached Savannah they sorely required supplies.

  • Sherman determined that if he could take Fort McAllister, supply ships could reach him.

  • Thus, he ordered Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, commander of his right wing, to take the fort. Howard chose Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen to accomplish the task.

  • Hazen, in the afternoon of December 13, had his men in line for the attack.

  • Upon giving the order to attack, his men rushed forward through the various obstacles prepared for them, entered the fort, and captured it.

  • With his supply line open, Sherman could now prepare for the siege and capture of Savannah.

Slide Presentation:

Classification2: B


  • Union: 134

  • Confederate: 71

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Georgia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 04/06/2013