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In Their Own Words

January 28, 1740

Oglethorpe Captured Spanish Outpost

William Stephens recorded in his journal of hearing news of James Oglethorpe capturing a Spanish outpost near St. Augustine:

“…I had the Pleasure of hearing the whole Relation of the Manner wherein the General proceeded, in his late Expedition against the Spanish Forts, on the River St. Juan’s: One of which (it seems) was deserted by the Enemy, since the late Attempt against them; who judged it not tenable, in Case we returned with another Visit: But the other they defended with good Resolution, till our Forces played three or four small Pieces of Cannon upon them; which going thro’ and thro’ they sent out a Flag of Truce, in order to treat of surrendering; but the General would allow of no other Terms, than at Discretion; which they were obliged to submit to: It was held only by twelve Men, but so fortified with Logs of Timber, as to be Proof against Musket-Shot; and he who commanded, told the General, that had he not brought Ordnance with him, he could have withstood any Attack that could be made, if there had been double the Number against him there was. The General caused some new Works of Fortification to be made, and left a Garison of thirty good Men, under a proper Officer, to defend it. This Fort is esteemed of great Consequence, as being a Pass where all must come, who would go to Augustin by Land, whether they are disaffected Indians out of the Nations, or runaway Negroes from Carolina; which is such a Benefit to that Province, that it is hoped they will contribute handsomely to strenghten the General’s Hands, so as to enable him to put these Provinces out of all Danger from Augustin in Time coming…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 500-501.