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In Their Own Words

July 22, 1742

Victory over Spanish Noted in Journal

William Stephens recorded the final result of the Battle of Bloody Marsh, though he noted the victory was not as complete as he had hoped:

“Before I got to Savannah the good news was come of the Spaniards being all fled and gone out to Sea on Thursday morning last, leaving upwards of 200 men behind them slain, besides many wounded and Prisoners; but no Naval Strength had appear’d from Charles Town, or elsewhere to keep them in, which was the finishing stroke we had wished for… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 111-112.