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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Battle of Bloody Marsh on St. Simons Island, Georgia

This battle was crucial to England winning the land war on the American Continent.  The Scottish Settlers who came to Inverness, Georgia (later Darien) named their settlement after their origin - Inverness, Scotland.  They were planted in that region to protect Savannah from the invasion of the Spanish who occupied St. Augustine, Florida. As the War against Spain (The War of Jenkins' Ear) commenced, James Edward Oglethorpe was appointed the General of the land forces.  His ill-fated expedition into Florida during 1740 failed to successfully seige the castle and when the promised South Carolina ships failed to arrive and blockade the harbor, the result was yellow fever and dysentery. Oglethorpe had to transported back to Ft. Frederica on a stretcher.  Two years later, the Spanish came to St. Simon's Island to retaliate.  The result was a battle to which the Spanish troops were not accustomed, guerrilla warfare.  The Scots, adept in this sort of fighting had experienced plenty of it when the English came against their homeland, as punishment for supporting the Stuart upsurpter, "Bonnie" Prince Charles.  The battle was so intense that the Spanish commander decided to remove the armada from Florida, thus surrendering the land to England.  Colonial Records of Georgia by Jeannette Holland Austin is recorded on the website and contains the details of the first emigrants.  Also, Passenger Lists and other Colonial Records are enumerated for members of Georgia Pioneers under the heading "Colonial"

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