Georgia coast under fire
In the early months of 1863, the Union decided to dispatch heavily armored vessels to reinforce the blockade of southeast Atlantic seaports operated by the Confederacy.
The USS Montauk attempted on Feb. 1, 1863, to destroy the Confederate defense works at Fort McAllister, Ga., a point of land near the coast close to the Georgia city of Savannah. Confederate defenders dispatched the CSS Rattlesnake to counter the Montauk and an allied vessel pounding the fort.
In the end, the battle would last only a matter of hours and finish inconclusively.