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    Ironclad Battle at Fort McAllister: "General Orders No. 2". Recognizes the "heroic and gallant conduct" of the Confederate defenders. One and one-half pages, 7.75" x 10", February 2, 1863, from "Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister," issued "By Order of Col. K. [?] Anderson/ K. Wayne/ 1st Lt & Actg. A. A. Genl." Fourteen miles south of Savannah, Confederate Fort McAllister stood near the mouth of the Ogeechee River. On February 1, 1863, one U.S. ironclad (the Montauk) with several other naval vessels began firing on the fort shortly before 8 a.m. Thirty minutes later, the "good, & gallant Maj. [John B.] Gallie", commander of the fort, was killed by an exploding artillery shell. Six hours later, the Union ironclad left leaving the fort damaged, though not destroyed.

    Following the battle, these general orders officially congratulated Captain G. W. Anderson "and his brave command for their gallant and heroic defence of Fort McAllister." The orders continue with details of the ironclad engagement: "For six hours you resisted the combined attack of five vessels, one of them an Iron Clad, within for some time, a thousand yards of your battery, and all of them armed with guns of superior metal to your own." After the "victory", the fort was "allotted the severe but glorious task of demonstrating to the world, that victory does not always perch itself on the flag of an iron clad. . . . 'Fort McAllister' [will] be inscribed on the standard of the Republican Blues & Emmet Rifles." Later in 1864, the fort was taken by the Union during General Sherman's march to the sea. Minor separation at fold intersections have been lightly repaired on verso with tape. Near fine.

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