Your Hometown Stories: Fort Augusta

This Celtic cross on the grounds of St. Paul’s church in downtown Augusta marks the spot where James Oglethorpe built Fort Augusta back in 1735.

General James Oglethorpe was governor of the new colony of Georgia and recognized the Savannah River as a point of strategic importance.

The fort wasn’t completed until 1739.

In that year Oglethorpe held a meeting at the fort with chiefs from the Cherokee and
Chickasaw Nations.

The negotiations prevented war.

A peace conference was held at Fort Augusta in 1763 to stop the French and Indian war.

The eleven year long war ended that year and leaders of the Cherokee, Creek, Catawba, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations made the journey to Augusta to reach a peace agreement.

With the French defeated and England now in control of the former Spanish colony of Florida, the need for a permanent fort at Augusta rapidly diminished.

The British garrison was withdrawn in 1767.

Fort Augusta by that point was in poor condition and of little military value.

The site was abandoned and the workable cannons were removed.

One original gun, thought to have been part of Oglethorpe’s original armament of the fort, remains at the site today and can be seen at the base of the Fort Augusta Monument.

For your hometown stories, in Augusta, I’m John Lynn, WJBF, News Channel 6.

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