Shellman Bluff in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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At the beginning of the Revolutionary war, a shipyard was laid out at Sutherland`s Bluff, moulds were made at Philadelphia, and liveoak timbers were cut at the Bluff for the building of gunboats and four frigates for the Continental Navy. the British blockade of 1778 prevented the completion of the work.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sutherland`s Bluff was a regular stop for ships sailing the Inland Waterway, and a store and livery stable kept there for the convenience of outfitting passengers disembarking for overland travel.
In 1954, archaeological investigations disclosed evidence of ancient Indian and Spanish occupation of the bluff.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 095-35.)
Topics and series. This historical marker Colonial Era • Native Americans • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
Location. 31° 33.839′ N, 81° 19.489′ W. Marker is in Shellman Bluff, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker is on Sutherland Bluff Dr., on the left when traveling south. 7 mi E of US 17 on Shellman Bluff Dr. then bear right 0.7 mi , South of Fishermans Lodge Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Townsend GA 31331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Belleville or Troup Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Colonel John McIntosh (approx. 3.3 miles away); Captain William McIntosh (approx. 3.3 miles away); Baisden's Bluff Academy (approx. 4˝ miles away); John Houstoun McIntosh (approx. 5.8 miles away); Rice Hope (approx. 5.8 miles away); The McIntosh Family Of McIntosh County (approx. 5.9 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away).
Regarding Sutherland's Bluff. the "Battle
Due to the efforts of Lt. Patrick Sutherland of the (old) 42nd Regiment of Foot and the Highlanders from Darien, the battle was a British victory, ending the Spanish claim to Georgia.
Also see . . . From Wikipedia, Battle of Bloody Marsh. The battle took place during the War of Jenkins’ Ear, which comes from an incident involving a Spanish officer cutting off one of Robert Jenkins’ ears. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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