This Day in Georgia History
April 04, 1737
Oglethorpe Reported to Trustees
In England, James Oglethorpe told the Trustees that a commission had been drawn up designating him general-in-chief of the military forces of South Carolina and Georgia, but that he would not accept the commission unless he was given a regiment of 700 men and the rank of colonel. Oglethorpe also showed the Trustees his plan for a new fort - named Fort Frederica - on St. Simons Island.