“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Richmond County

Richmond County Marker close-up image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Richmond County Marker close-up
Inscription. Originally designated as the Parish of St. Paul by the Act creating it in 1758, the name was changed in 1777 to Richmond County in honor of the Duke of Richmond, who, as a member of Parliament, was a zealous supporter of the American cause, advocating independence of the Colonies. It originally included a large part of four other counties: Columbia, Jefferson, McDuffie and Warren. Included within its borders are the incorporated towns of Augusta, the county seat; Hephzibah, formerly Brothersville; Blythe; and McBean.

Originally a trading community dealing in pelfry and tobacco, later its economy rested on numerous industries, principally textile, operated by power developed from its numerous creeks and the Augusta Canal constructed in 1845-1846, and agricultural products from rich arable farm lands. Numerous military engagements occurred here during the Revolutionary War, during which Augusta was twice captured by the British.

During the War Between the States, the United States Arsenal surrendered to State forces without resistance, and a Confederate powder factory, said to the be the second largest then in existence, supplied the Confederate Army and Navy. United States Army encampments, McKenzie, Hancock and Gordon, maintained during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II, respectively.
Richmond County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
2. Richmond County Marker
1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-27.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 28.287′ N, 81° 57.702′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Greene Street near Monument St., on the right when traveling east. Click for map. At the Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Signer's Monument (a few steps from this marker); Army National Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Medical College (about 500 feet away); Eve (about 500 feet away); Medical College Building (about 500 feet away); First Christian Church (about 800 feet away); The First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . .  Richmond County, Georgia. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommercePolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & SettlersWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US CivilWar, US RevolutionaryWar, World IWar, World II
Richmond County Marker at the Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Richmond County Marker at the Courthouse
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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