Old Fort Jackson

6lb Cannon Firing Display, Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

6lb Cannon Firing Display, Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

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Old Fort Jackson

Fort James Jackson (usually shortened to Fort Jackson or Old Fort Jackson) is a restored 19th century fort located one mile east of Savannah on the Savannah River.

Old Fort Jackson is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. Used extensively during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, Fort Jackson was the home port for the ironclad CSS Georgia which was scuttled across the river from the fort to keep the ironclad out of the hands of the Union Army when Union General Sherman neared Savannah on his infamous “March to the Sea”.

Fort James Jackson has been a part of Coastal Georgia’s history for two centuries. Named in honor of Georgia governor and Revolutionary War soldier James Jackson, the fort is the oldest standing brick fortification in the state.  The fort is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States. It served as headquarters for the Confederate Savannah River defenses during the American Civil War.

Old Fort Jackson is known for its daily cannon firing demonstrations during the  summer and on weekends through the rest of the year.   It is the only historic fort in the United States delivering cannon salutes to passing military vessels.

6lb Cannon Firing Display, Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

6lb Cannon Firing Display, Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

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6 Comments

  1. We love this place, everyone usually passes it up, which is sad, such a great piece of history, nice work
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  2. Looks like a wonderful historic place to spend a day. The shots are really nicely done, Mark.
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  3. Awesome shots here, Mark, love them both. Really interesting post, too. I just love old heritage spots like this, would love to have a chance to visit in person. Thank you so much for sharing!
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