Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Mayham Tower
Approximately at this place, May 28-31, 1781, a Mayham tower was erected by the American forces commanded by General Andrew Pickens and Lt. Colonel "Light Horse Harry" Lee, who was besieging Fort Cornwallis, located on the present site of Saint Paul's Church, held by a British garrison under Colonel Thomas Brown.
At the top of this tower constructed of logs filled in with earth, an embrasure was cut and a six-pounder gun was lifted into position which from elevation was able to rake the interior of the fort, so that the besieged had to dig holes for their protection, and on June 5, the British garrison of 300 surrendered to Major Rudolph, whom tradition identifies as the later Marshal Ney. Thereafter, Augusta and all of North and Central Georgia remained in American hands until the end of the War.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Forts and Castles War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 28, 1862.
Location. 33° 28.601′ N, 81° 57.872′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Reynolds Street and 8th Street, on the right on Reynolds Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augusta Cotton Exchange (here, next to this marker); A Memorial To Eli Whitney (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Augusta (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Augusta Common - 1736 (about 400 feet away); General James Edward Oglethorpe (about 500 feet away); James Edward Oglethorpe (about 500 feet away); The Levee (about 500 feet away); Floods (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . . The History of Georgia By Charles Colcock Jones page 485- 495. The Mayham Tower (Submitted on August 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,124 times since then and 155 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.