As part of our celebration of the Christmas holiday season, we took a weekend trip to Savannah, hitting a few points of interest. The camera is always kind to Savannah.
The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum
The Mighty 8th Museum is just outside Savannah in Pooler. We've toured a lot of military history museums and this one is among the best. The knowledgeable volunteers really rolled our the red carpet for us. And the exhibits are outstanding.
There was extensive attention paid to the plight of captured airmen. This exhibit is a reproduction of a Belgian family's home. They had a special room above the fireplace to hide escaped POWs as well as hidden compartments for weapons, maps, money, and even secret codes hidden in the patterns on their wallpaper. A network of families helped numerous escapees find their way back to England before D-Day, often at their own peril.
Modeled after a 15th century European church, the Mighty 8th Memorial Chapel is available for memorial services, prayer, and peace. The church is also available for weddings for miltary members and civilians alike. Proceeds from chapel rentals help to fund the work of the museum. Behind the chapel sits a columbarium dedicated to housing the cremated remains of veterans of the 8th Air Force. The chapel, memorial garden, and columbarium make a beautiful setting on the museum grounds.
Ft. McAllister 2015 Winter Muster
Inside the fort, the bombproof was used for storage and as a hospital. It was also used to hide from heavy bombardments as this room was well under a mound of earth. The heavy timbers and the earthen mound made this a safe place from Union artillery. Today the bombproof is lit with electricity. In 1864 only candle and lantern light would have been available.
After the battle, the fort was open to visitors and rangers were available to answer questions and give some information about the fort, the military units that fought, and the battle itself. It is important to note that Ft. McAllister was taken, not surrendered. The Confederates fought to the last and the Union attack continued until all their enemies were killed, wounded, or captured. The Confederate Flag was lowered by Union forces and the white flag never flew over Ft. McAllister.
The views in Savannah were well worth the drive. We can hardly wait to go back. There are more pictures from our trip posted on our Instagram page. The link can be found among our social media links to the right of this page.
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