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Fort Morris hosts Civil War again
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Remnants of the old colonial town of Sunbury still existed when the war between North and South began. Several Confederate units were mustered into service here, and the old earthworks were used as a picket post for a brief time in 1861 and 1864.
When Sherman's troops captured the town in mid-December of 1864, they burned the Sunbury Missionary Baptist Church to signal the Federal Fleet that the town had been secured.
Fort Morris State Historic Site will host a program entitled "Sunbury and the War Between the States" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Unlike most of the programs at the site, this one will address the Civil War time period of the town of Sunbury.
The Eighth Georgia Infantry and the 25th Georgia Altamaha Scouts will be present on this day to demonstrate and interpret the life of a Civil war soldier.
Presented on the hour will be various demonstrations, including musket and cannon firing drills and soldier talks.
The site has a picnic area, clean restrooms, gift shop, nature trail, and a soda machine for your convenience.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors (62 and above), $1.50 for youth (6-18), children five and under are free.
Fort Morris State Historic Site is located about seven miles east of I-95 exit 76, follow the brown Liberty Trail signs. Call (912) 884-5999.
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