Friday, January 10, 2014
Landing On Cumberland Island
As seen at the Cumberland NPS Museum exhibit:
A battery on Point Peter was established in 1796 to protect the mouth of the St. Mary's River and the adjacent islands from unwelcome ships. Cumberland Island was an attractive landing spot, offering easy access from the ocean, and the nearby town of St. Mary's had amenities such as fresh food and supplies. After a period of vacancy, a blockhouse was built and the battery was garrisoned for protection during the War of 1812.
It was not until [January 10] 1815 that Point Peter was tested. Official military correspondence tells the story of Rear Admiral George Cockburn and the British fleet landing on Cumberland Island soon after their attacks on Washington and Baltimore.