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In Their Own Words

June 19, 1776

Council of Safety Dealt with Captured Ship

It was a rather routine day for the Council of Safety, Georgia’s temporary ruling body during the Revolution. After affirming one man as a lieutenant and three others as Justices of the Peace, they issued the following order:

“… Capt. Woodruffe attended the Board and laid before them sundry papers and affidavits, respecting a vessel that arrived in Sapelo River, loaded with rum, sugar, osnabergs [?], etc., that as the said sloop was registered at St. Augustine, he, the said Woodruffe took possession of the said vessel, etc. The Board taking the premises into consideration issued the following orders to Capt. Woodruffe. ‘Sir: - You are hereby ordered immediately to discharge the sloop and Schooner with their cargoes which you boarded in Sapelo River and brought round to Sunbury, as also all the hands and every other thing belonging to the said vessels. (Signed) A. Bulloch’”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah: Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1901), Vol. V, Part 1, p. 63.