Saturday, December 3, 2011

Admiral Cockburn Captured Cumberland Island

From History of the Late War....

While...bloody affairs transpired on the Mississippi Admiral Cockburn was pursuing a more lucrative and less dangerous warfare along the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia.  He took possession of Cumberland island and menacing Charleston and Savannah, sent out detachments which met with various success... .

Jim's pictures from Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island National Seashore, St. Marys, GA: In January 1815, British Admiral George Cockburn arrived on Cumberland Island. Unaware that the War of 1812 was over (the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814), Cockburn began operations against the Georgia coast and liberated hundreds of slaves. Cockburn’s force left the island in March 1815, and took the freed slaves with them. Ruins of the Dungeness Plantation, which Cockburn used as his headquarters, and other military sites associated with the British occupation of the island are preserved within the park.

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