St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Civil War Comes to St. Marys
St. Marys History Walk
In January 1861, at Milledgeville, Georgia , St. Marys’ representatives voted for secession from the Union and formed the “Saint Marys Volunteers,” later called the “Camden Chasseurs.” All able-bodied men were sent to join the fight, which left the town vulnerable to Union raiding from Amelia Island.
In November 1862, the steamer Neptune and gunboat Mohawk, under the command of Col. Ritch with the 9th Maine Regiment, invaded St. Marys. Their troops were immediately fired upon by local forces and they fired back in retaliation. Folklore says firing continued until the Seal sisters came toward the waterfront offering surrender. A Captain Hughes had decided to leave in favor of returning to Fernandina, but when shots were fired, Union forces descended upon St. Marys and much of the town was left to ashes.
April 10, 1863 Edition of the Savannah Daily News: Federal troops “committed havoc” in St. Marys. They “gutted every house abandoned by its owner, carried off everything movable, and destroyed the remainder.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 43.287′ N, 81° 33.218′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Georgia, in Camden County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bartlett Street and St Marys Street West, on the left when traveling north. Marker located within the St. Marys History Walk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Bartlett St, Saint Marys GA 31558, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War: Local People (here, next to this marker); The Civil War: Local Landmarks (here, next to this marker); Southern Signature (a few steps from this marker); St. Marys: A Military Town for 200+ Years (a few steps from this marker); The Enduring Gullah (a few steps from this marker); Georgia’s Coastal Gem: (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birth of a City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Washington Pump & Oak (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
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