Oglethorpe Battery Park Marker, St. Augustine, FL
The Oglethorpe Battery Park historical marker shares a fascinating piece of St. Augustine's history involving British general James Oglethorpe. In 1739, during the War of Jenkins Ear, fought between British Georgia and Spanish Florida, Oglethorpe was responsible for a number of successful raids on Spanish forts, as well as the unsuccessful Siege of St. Augustine.
The marker reads as follows: " "From this site, General James Oglethorpe, commanding military forces from Georgia and Carolina, bombarded Castillo de San Marcos from June 27 to July 20, 1740. The Castillo's massive coquina walls absorbed the cannon shot and damage was slight. Florida's Spanish Governor, Manuel de Montiano, returned the fire, but the exchange was indecisive. Provisions arrived from Havana just in time to relieve a critical shortage which would have caused St. Augustine to capitulate. Frustrated by the military stalemate and the oncoming hurricane season, Oglethorpe withdrew to Georgia."
Sponsored by The City of St. Augustine in cooperation with the St. Johns County Historical Commission.
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