In Their Own Words
April 24, 1738
Journal Entry on Fort Augusta and Threat from French
William Stephens wrote in his journal of good news about Fort Augusta, but not so good news regarding the French actions regarding the Indians in the area:
“…In the Evening Mr. Andrews, a Trader among the Chicasaw Indians, arrived in four Days, last from Augusta, bringing with him several Letters for Mr. Causton, and one to me from Mr. Kent (Lieutenant there under Capt. Lacy) who went back there to his Command about a Week since, after several Months Indisposition at Home, and was on his Passage thither as Mr. Andrews came down. Mr. Kent wrote me a good Account of the Situation of Affairs there; and I heard from every Body who came from those Parts, a good Character of him, as a diligent Officer who maintained good Order and Authority, and had applied himself with such Industry for the Defence of the Place, that the Fort was as good as , finished, and made capable of withstanding any Attack, which was more than was expected could have been done since Mr. Lacy left it. The News Mr. Andrews brought us from the Chicasaw Indians was very disagree- able: For it was, that the French had fallen upon them again last Year with a greater Force than before, and in several Battles had killed upward of sixty of them; that finding themselves unable to withstand them any longer, the Remnant had quitted their Lands, and were drawn near to the Creeks, who received them kindly; and that he hoped they would have settled there, which would still put it in their Power to have annoyed their Enemies the French, and also strengthen our Frontier against their nearer Approach… “
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 133-134.