Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
February 10, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee requested permission from Gov. Joseph E. Brown to dismantle the stronghold as "the inhabitants of the island and Brunswick have removed themselves and property" to inland points. Maj. Edward C. Anderson removed the guns, sending them to Savannah.
March 9, 1862, Lt. Miller of the USS Mohican landed a rifle company and marines, hoisting the Union flag over the island.
In January, 1863, to strengthen fortifications at Port Royal, S.C., a Federal force was sent by flatboat to seize the railroad irons. Some of the men who had helped build the defenses guided the detachment to them and "the men enjoyed demolishing them far more than they had relished their construction."
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 063-38.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1863.
Location. 31° 4.237′ N, 81° 25.579′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located at the south end of Jekyll Island Airport, at a roadside park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McEvers Bayard Brown Oak (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Villa Ospo (approx. half a mile away); Captain Clarks Cottage (approx. half a mile away); Taking Care of Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); Solterra Dove Cote (approx. 0.6 miles away); Villa Marianna (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Active Life (approx. 0.7 miles away); Preserving the Legacy (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Also see . . .
1. The first USS Mohican. 1862. In company with sloop Pocahontas and schooner Potomska, she took possession of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island near Brunswick, Georgia on 9 and 10 March, but found them deserted because (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Confederate Battery - Jekyll Island, Georgia. Civil War on the Georgia Coast (Submitted on May 9, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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