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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.