December 19, This day during the American Civil War

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December 19, 1864 – The Battle of Altamaha Bridge was an American Civil War engagement fought December 19, 1864, in Wayne County, Georgia, during Sherman’s March to the Sea. The Confederate victory temporarily prevented Federal forces from destroying a vital railroad bridge during Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s siege of Savannah, keeping open Confederate supply lines to the city. On December 1, 1864, the Georgia Militia Fourth Brigade under Brig. Gen. H.K. McKay arrived in Wayne County to prepare a defense of the Savannah and Gulf Railroad bridge over the Altamaha River. The Confederates built earthworks on the north bank of Morgan’s Lake, which was bisected by the railroad and located just north of the river. On the southern side of the river, two 32-pounder rifled guns were mounted at Doctortown (also spelled Doctor Town), to sweep the bridge if attacked. A light gun mounted on an engine supported two…

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