Fort Gaines, Georgia

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This is a view of the Confederate battery overlooking the Chattahoochee River at Fort Gaines, Georgia. The largely intact fortifications were constructed in 1863 and consisted of three artillery emplacements, two magazines and trenches for use by supporting infantry and as covered ways. The cannon is part of the original armament of the installation


This is a second view of one of the Confederate artillery emplacements at Fort Gaines, Georgia. The site actually takes its name from a Seminole War fort constructed nearby in 1816. The Confederates took interest in the site because it provided a commanding bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River. A significant Confederate Navy facility was located upriver at Columbus, Georgia, and this installation was one of a number of defensive works thrown up along the river system to prevent Union warships from coming upstream to Columbus



Yet another view of one of the emplacements at Fort Gaines, Georgia. As can be seen in this photograph, the guns were emplaced by digging down into the surface of the bluff rather than building up earthworks. The result was an extremely solid defensive work that would have been very difficult for Union forces to reduce with artillery fire. The fort was never attacked


This is a Confederate cannon still in place (on an inaccurate reproduction carriage) at Fort Gaines, Georgia. The gun was one of three emplaced here and is unique in that it is one of few still to be found in place in such a minor installation anywhere in the South. The three guns here commanded about a two-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River

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