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In Their Own Words

February 27, 1743

Departure from St. Simons

In 1740, James Oglethorpe led an unsuccessful attempt to take the Spanish fortress at St. Augustine. Now, buoyed by his victory over the Spanish invasion force on St. Simons Island in 1742, Oglethorpe – now an official brigadier general in the British Army – was ready to try a second time to take the capital of Spanish Florida. On St. Simons Island, Edward Kimber, a volunteer in Gen. Oglethorpe’s invasion force, recorded their departure from St. Simons Island in his diary:

“The whole detachment, rangers, &c. embark’d on board the guard schooner and the two hir’d schooners at ten in the morning. At two, weigh’d and fell down below the point-guard, saluting the town [Frederica] with twenty-one guns.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 24.