St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Forgotten Battle
The War of 1812
— St. Marys History Walk —
President Harry S. Truman called The War of 1812 “the silliest damned war we ever fought. It should have been resolved through diplomacy.” Nevertheless, Congress declared war against Great Britain on June 18, 1812. The war was mainly waged in the north and at the Canadian border until May 1814, when Britain extended its blockade of the East Coast to include Georgia. At that time, British vessels, HMS Morgiana and HMS Majestic, were seen in the St. Marys River, and the Georgia Militia was immediately activated. In the fall of 1814, the British made plans to invade Georgia to prepare for a defense of New Orleans. On January 10, 1815, the British fleet commanded by Admiral George Cockburn, who had burned Washington, D.C. and unsuccessfully attacked Ft. McHenry, put troops on Cumberland island, commandeering Dungeness, the home of Mrs. Shaw, the widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.
Erected 2016 by Tom & Cheri Richter.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list.
Location. 30° 43.294′ N, 81° 33.244′ 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. Weathering (here, next to this marker); The Forgotten Battle’s (here, next to this marker); The Last Battles of The War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); Industry finds St. Marys: (here, next to this marker); Industry finds St. Marys (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Industry finds St. Marys: (a few steps from this marker); Georgia’s Coastal Gem: (a few steps from this marker); The Enduring Gullah (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 6, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.