Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Burning of Darien
Erected 2001 by The Georgia Historical Society and Lower Altamaha Historical Society. (Marker Number 95-2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Military • Notable Events • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1831.
Location. 31° 22.144′ N, 81° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Darien GA 31305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodists at Darien (within shouting distance of this marker); Oglethorpe Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McIntosh County (about 400 feet away); Fort King George (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Oglethorpe Oak (about 400 feet away); New Inverness (about 400 feet away); Port of Darien (about 500 feet away); Fort Darien (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
Also see . . .
1. Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Georgia Coast & Okefenokee By Richard J. Lenz. (Submitted on August 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Robert Gould Shaw. Shaw was promoted to major on March 31, 1863, and to colonel on April 17, so he was in charge of the 54th when they were ordered to loot and then burn the city of Darien, Georgia, on June 11, much to Shaw's dismay. The destruction of the undefended city of little strategic importance had been ordered by Colonel James Montgomery. (Submitted on August 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Colonel James Montgomery. James Montgomery (December 22, 1814 – December 6, 1871) was a notorious Jayhawker during the Bleeding Kansas Affair and a controversial Union colonel during the American Civil War. Montgomery was a staunch abolitionist and used extreme measures against pro-slavery populations. (Submitted on August 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Additional keywords. Shaw,U.S.C.T.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,510 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.