Back before we left Ft. McAllister, they had an event called the “Winter Muster”. It was a re-enactment of the day that Sherman’s Army attacked and captured Ft. McAllister.
Tom and I rode down to the Fort to watch the action up-close and ended up in the line of rangers, keeping the crowd back at a safe distance.
The Union soldiers lined up to prepare for the attack.
They marched from their camp to the north side of the Fort. Other troops were approaching from other sides of the Fort, until Fort McAllister was surrounded on three sides.
The soldiers wait for the signal to begin the attack.
Cannons fire in the distance, and the battle has begun. As the soldiers advance, the crowd follows at a safe distance.
The Fort is overtaken by Sherman’s Army, and the Confederates surrender Fort McAllister . . . leading to the capture of Savannah, as well.
Following the battle, the spectators were allowed to explore the Fort and ask questions of the re-enactors.
There were a few more cannon demonstrations,
and we hung out with the re-enactors for awhile.
It was a fun way to wrap up our stay at Ft. McAllister, and it can’t hurt to pick up a little history, too!