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Fort Peachtree, War of 1812

 
 
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By David Seibert, June 15, 2008
1. Fort Peachtree, War of 1812 Marker
Inscription. One of a line of forts hastily constructed during the War of 1812 to control the Creek Indians who were in alliance with the British, of the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek, and overlooked the Creek trading-post town of Standing Peachtree. First Lt. George Rockingham Gilmer (Governor of Georgia, 1829-31, 1837-39) erected the fort in 1814. He later said he had "never seen a fort" up until that time, but as far as anyone knows, his construction was successful, since the strength of the fort was never tested. Sgt. James McCondell Montgomery, one of Gilmer`s command of twenty-two, wrote Gen Andrew Jackson (March 20 1814) that the site, `on a commanding eminence,` provided a "romantic" view of the river, both up stream and down. In July he described the fort as being "two large hew'd logg block houses, six dwelling houses, one fram'd store house, one Bridge...and five boats" which cost "the Government not less than five thousand dollars." (Montgomery later returned to live here. He became postmaster of Standing Peachtree and established Montgomery's Ferry near the fort site.) After the War of 1812, Fort Peachtree was apparently abandoned. No trace of the fort remains atop the hill.
 
Erected 1966 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-194.)
 
Marker series.
Fort Peachtree, War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 29, 2008
2. Fort Peachtree, War of 1812 Marker
Marker can be seen just right of center, between street sign and stop sign.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 49.88′ N, 84° 26.937′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridgeview Road and Ridgeview Circle, on the right when traveling north on Ridgeview Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30327, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standing Peach Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Peach Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montgomery's Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle at Moore’s Mill (approx. half a mile away); Moore's Mill (approx. half a mile away); Montgomery-DeFoor House Site (approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing); Montgomery Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Johnston’s Army Crossed the River (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Regarding Fort Peachtree, War of 1812. No trace of the original Fort Peachtree exists; a reconstruction of "Fort Peach Tree" stands just over one mile away, at the Atlanta Water Works property. Georgia Historic Marker 060-61, "Fort Peach Tree", is at that location.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
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