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Bainbridge in Decatur County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Scott

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By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
1. Fort Scott Marker
Inscription. In June 1816 Lt. Col. D. L. Clinch and a detachment of the 4th U.S. Infantry set up camp one mile west of here, calling it Camp Crawford. They began construction of a fort on the site in September 1816, naming it Fort Scott. Need for a fort was prompted by the presence of restless Indians who had emigrated to nearby areas -- refugees largely composed of Seminoles and “Red Sticks” (a hostile faction of the Creeks). Prematurely evacuated December 1816 and almost immediately pillaged by hostile Indians, Capt. S. Donoho and his artillery company reoccupied Fort Scott in the Spring of 1817, reinforced later that year by additional troops of the 4th and 7th Regiments.

March 9, 1818, Gen. Andrew Jackson arrived here with his staff and troops of the Georgia Militia. He was joined by Kentucky and Tennessee militiamen, who had marched through Alabama. At Fort Scott Jackson concentrated troops for his march into Spanish Florida against Indians who had been raiding U.S. territory. He took with him the force at Fort Scott, excepting 60 men left as garrison. Following Jackson’s campaign the garrison largely consisted of companies of the 7th Regiment. Frontier peace and increase of malaria probably account for the abandonment of Fort Scott in September 1821.
 
Erected 1962 by Georgia
Fort Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
2. Fort Scott Marker
Looking south, with Hutchinson Ferry Road (GA 97 Spur) on the left.
Historical Commission. (Marker Number 043-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 30° 46.148′ N, 84° 44.065′ W. Marker is in Bainbridge, Georgia, in Decatur County. Marker is at the intersection of Hutchinson Ferry Road (Georgia Route 97 Spur) and Wingate Road, on the left when traveling north on Hutchinson Ferry Road. Click for map. The marker is at the Jack Wingate Fishing Lodge. Marker is in this post office area: Bainbridge GA 39819, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Recovery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joshua Davis House (approx. 5.6 miles away in Florida); Ira Sanborn (approx. 5.6 miles away); Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 7.3 miles away in Florida); Charles James Munnerlyn / “Refuge” (approx. 7.4 miles away); a different marker also named Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 7.6 miles away in Florida); Site of U.S. Post Office Reynoldsville, Georgia / Reuben Arthur Reynolds (approx. 7.6 miles away); United States Arsenal (1832-1861) (approx. 7.6 miles away in Florida).
 
Regarding Fort Scott. The site of Fort Scott is now under the waters of Lake Seminole, created by damming
Fort Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
3. Fort Scott Marker
Looking north, with Hutchinson Ferry Road (GA Highway 97 Spur) on the right, and Wingate Road, leading to the Jack Wingate Fishing Lodge, in the foreground.
the Flint River. A cannon, erected as a monument to mark the site of Fort Scott, has been moved to J. D. Chason Park in Bainbridge.
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Fort Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
4. Fort Scott Marker
Looking east on Wingate Road at the intersection with Hutchinson Ferry Road (GA Highway 97 Spur).
Fort Scott Monument image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
5. Fort Scott Monument
This 32 pound cannon was one of three obtained from Fort Clinch, Florida, to mark the site of Fort Scott. (The other two marked Fort Hughes and Camp Recovery.) When the creation of the Jim Woodruff Reservoir inundated the site of Fort Scott, the cannon was moved to the J.D. Chason Memorial Park in Bainbridge, the site of Fort Hughes.
 
 
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