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The Mayham Tower

 
 
The Mayham Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. The Mayham Tower Marker
Inscription. Approximately at this place, May 28-31, 1781, a Mayham tower was erected by the American forces commanded by General Andrew Pickens and Lt. Colonel "Light Horse Harry" Lee, who was besieging Fort Cornwallis, located on the present site of Saint Paul`s Church, held by a British garrison under Colonel Thomas Brown.

At the top of this tower constructed of logs filled in with earth, an embrasure was cut and a six-pounder gun was lifted into position which from elevation was able to rake the interior of the fort, so that the besieged had to dig holes for their protection, and on June 5, the British garrison of 300 surrendered to Major Rudolph, whom tradition identifies as the later Marshal Ney. Thereafter, Augusta and all of North and Central Georgia remained in American hands until the end of the War.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-23.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.601′ N, 81° 57.872′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Reynolds Street and 8th Street, on the right on Reynolds Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Mayham Tower Marker at the Cotton Exchange Building image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2007
2. The Mayham Tower Marker at the Cotton Exchange Building
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augusta Cotton Exchange (here, next to this marker); A Memorial To Eli Whitney (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Augusta (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Augusta Common - 1736 (about 400 feet away); General James Edward Oglethorpe (about 500 feet away); James Edward Oglethorpe (about 500 feet away); Founding of Augusta (about 600 feet away); William Bartram Trail (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  The History of Georgia By Charles Colcock Jones page 485- 495. The Mayham Tower (Submitted on August 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesMilitaryNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,266 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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