“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Cordele in Crisp County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Fort Early

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By Jamie Abel, May 29, 2013
1. Fort Early Marker
Inscription.  Fort Early, built by General David Blackshear in 1812, was named for Peter Early, Governor of Georgia at that time. It was used by General Blackshear during the war of 1812. On February 13, 1818 General Andrew Jackson and his army arrived at the fort and used it in the campaign against the hostile Seminole Indians of Florida and Creek Indians of Georgia.

Nothing remains of the fort. It is believed to have been a stockade like many used in Indian warfare.

The site of the fort is owned and marked by the Fort Early chapter of the D.A.R.
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 040-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 51.532′ N, 83° 54.689′ W. Marker is near Cordele, Georgia, in Crisp County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 300 and Lakeshore Drive, on the right when traveling south on State Route 300. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cordele GA 31015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker
Fort Early Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, May 29, 2013
2. Fort Early Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Battle of the Blankets (approx. 5 miles away); Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park (approx. 6.6 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Group Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away); Spanish-Indian Battle (approx. 7 miles away); a different marker also named Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park (approx. 7 miles away); Camp Safety Patrol (approx. 7 miles away); Blackshear Trail (approx. 8.1 miles away); De Soto Trail (was approx. 9.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cordele.
More about this marker. Despite the marker, the fort was neither built in 1812 nor by David Blackshear. General Blackshear briefly occupied and named the site in 1814, though nothing was built but breastworks. The Fort (a stockade), visited by General Andrew Jackson, was built by the Georgia militia in early 1818 as an Army supply point during the First Seminole War.
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansWar of 1812
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on April 22, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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