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In Their Own Words

June 30, 1740

Letter from Seige of St. Augustine

From Anastasia Island in the harbor of St. Augustine, Capt. Norbury wrote Walter Hayter on the status of the siege of the Spanish fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos:

“I have just time to acquaint you that I, General Oglethorpe and all his officers and his regiment are well, and that now we are very busy in bombarding and cannonading the two and castle of Saint Augustine and have made our approaches with our cannon and mortars within half a mile of the town and have done great execution in knocking down and burning with our shells part of the town and castle. And the enemy fire upon us day and night from the town, castle and their galleys and launches balls from 24-, 18- and 9-pounders but as yet have done us little damage. Only one of our men had both his legs taken off with one of them. We are all very well entrench and are now going to attack the town and Castle. General Oglethorpe is marched with a strong detachment from this island to the main called Moucey [Mose] or the Negroes’ Fort, to attack the town and castle and to surround them and keep them in. The remainder of our forces with the Carolina Regiment, commanded by Colonel Vanderdussen, Rangers and Indians are to attack on the left of the town and, the men of war’s men to the amount of 200 are to attack the Spanish galleys in their boats and galleys, and by a single given we all storm at once, and under God and in so just a war, we shall carry it… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 19909), Vol. II, pp. 462-463.