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Point Peter Battery and the War of 1812 Marker, St Marys, GA.

This marker is located at Spinnaker Road at USS Kamehameha Avenue in St Marys, Georgia.

The text on the marker reads as :

" In 1795 a cannon battery constructed on the Point Peter peninsula became the southernmost fortification in the First System of U.S. coastal defenses. Vacated in 1802, it was reoccupied and strengthened in 1808 to provide support for the enforcement of the Embargo Act and the prohibition of the international slave trade. In 1812, former Georgia governor George Matthews led the unsanctioned “Patriot” invasion of Spanish Florida from Point Peter. On January 13, 1815, during the War of 1812, a British force overwhelmed 116 U.S. regulars here, destroying the fort and barracks. After the U.S. acquired Florida in 1819, the post was abandoned."

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812, State of Georgia.

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30.75640000, -81.57140000

Rights Statement


Taylor; George Lansing; Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Point Peter Battery and the War of 1812 Marker; Point Peter Battery; War of 1812; Cumberland Harbour Community entrance; Canon Battery-Point Peter Peninsular; Camden County (Ga.); Historical marker -- Georgia -- St Marys.


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