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This Day in Georgia History

May 24, 1744

War Office Investigated Oglethorpe

In London, Britain’s War Office requested the convening of a board of general officers to consider charges made by Lt. Col. William Cooke against Gen. James Oglethorpe. While in London on a 12-month leave to recover his health, Cooke had begun making charges that Oglethorpe had charged the men of his Regiment for provisions. The War Office asked Oglethorpe to respond to Cooke’s charges. Upon Oglethorpe’s return to London, he would face a court martial in which he had to defend himself against 19 charges brought by Cook. In the court martial, Oglethorpe was cleared of any wrong doings, and Cooke was dismissed from the British Army for bringing unfounded charges.