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Bloody Marsh Monument / Bloody Marsh Battle Site

Demere Road

St. Simons Island GA 31522

A Plaque Reads:

We are resolved not to suffer defeat - we will rather die like Leonidas and his Spartans - if we can but protect Georgia and Caro- lina and the rest of the Americans from desolation Oglethorpe

Erected on the battlefield of Bloody Marsh - by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America and the Georgia Society of Colonial Wars in memory of the Great Victory won over the Spaniards on this spot. July 7, 1742


Bloody Marsh Monument St. Simons Island, Georgia

Bloody Marsh Monument is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The Monument and Park are a testament to the battle fought on St. Simons Island that became known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh. In the 1600s and early 1700s, European nations competed with each other to found colonies in America. In 1739, Great Britain declared war on Spain and The War of Jenkins' Ear began. In 1742, the Spanish landed on St. Simons Island near Gascoigne’s Bluff. Outnumbered by more than two to one, Oglethorpe pulled his men back to Fort Frederica. From this stronghold, Oglethorpe’s men were able to repel the Spanish. As the Spaniards retreated, Oglethorpe’s troops ambushed them and that is reportedly when the marshes “ran red with blood.” After about a week, the Spanish packed up and left the Georgia coast forever. Although it was a tiny battle that did not last very long, it established Georgia as a colony of England and not of Spain.

The monument is administered by Fort Frederica National Monument. Bloody Marsh Monument is located off of Demere Road, just past the Frederica Road intersection. The monument is a wonderful spot for learning more about Georgia’s history and its setting is perfect for bird watching and nature study. The park is open 8:00am to 4:00pm daily.

Related: Fort Frederica Military Road

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