Federal Batteries on Tybee Island

Federal Batteries on Tybee Island (HM4NX)

Location: Tybee Island, GA 31328 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 0.923', W 80° 52.195'

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Between February 21 and April 9, 1862, Federal troops under Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore erected 36 guns in 11 batteries, extending eastwardly on Tybee Island from Lazeretto Creek opposite Fort Pulaski. Two of the Federal batteries consisted of rifled cannon. The work was carried on under cover of darkness and was concealed by day behind a camouflage of branches and brushwood. The Fort was defended by a garrison of 385 men under Col. Charles H. Olmstead of Savannah. Twenty of the 48 guns faced the Federal batteries, but when the bombardment of the fort began from the shore the defenders of the Fort found that they were of insufficient range to damage the attackers. After a continuous bombardment of 30 hours the walls were breached and the Fort was surrendered. It was the first effective use of rifled cannon against a masonry fortification and thus marked an epoch in military history.
HM NumberHM4NX
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-60
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 1:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 512285 N 3542148
Decimal Degrees32.01538333, -80.86991667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 0.923', W 80° 52.195'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 0' 55.38" N, 80° 52' 11.70" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1084 US-80, Tybee Island GA 31328, US
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