Battery Jones

Battery Jones (HM6O5)

Location: Savannah, GA 31405 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 2.446', W 81° 11.848'

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Dec. 1864. Beginning near this point and extending about 500 yards north along the left bank of Salt Creek, astride the old Savannah and Darien (Ogeechee) road, strong earthworks were constructed by Confederate engineers to prevent enemy forces from crossing Salt Creek at Owens` Bridge (on the old road), the only feasible crossing in this area. Designated as "Battery Jones." they were manned by the Terrell (Ga.) Artillery, Capt. John W. Brooks, and mounted 3 32-pdr., 1 20-pdr., and 4 12-pdr., guns.

Its front protected by the marshes and its flanks supported by batteries on its right and left, Battery Jones held Owens` Bridge and the road to Savannah securely against all assaults until the night of Dec. 20th. That night, Savannah was evacuated by th Confederate forces to spare it from a destructive bombardment by heavy siege guns which had been landed at Gen. Sherman`s new base at King`s Bridge, seven miles south on the Great Ogeechee River, and to prevent the defenders from being trapped in Savannah by the vastly superior Union forces which were closing in on the city. At 8 o`clock, the guns of Battery Jones were rendered useless and its garrison was withdrawn to Savannah and thence across the river into South Carolina.
HM NumberHM6O5
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-42_MARKE
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 481356 N 3544971
Decimal Degrees32.04076667, -81.19746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.446', W 81° 11.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 26.76" N, 81° 11' 50.88" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5200-5208 GA-25, Savannah GA 31405, US
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