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The Battle of Bloody Marsh
Transcript of The Battle of Bloody Marsh
Two years earlier General James Oglethorpe had attacked Spanish General Don Manuel de Montiano in his capital of St. Augustine, Florida. Spanish General Montiano now hoped to seek revenge by pushing into Georgia and invading Oglethorpe’s land.
The Battle of Bloody Marsh was fought in the afternoon of July 7, 1742, on St. Simons Island in Georgia. This was a Spanish attempt to invade Georgia which resulted in a major victory for the English and a sorrow defeat for the Spanish.
Montiano, armed with approximately 4,500 to 5,000 soldiers landed on the southern tip of the island preparing to set up base camp at the nearby Fort St. Simons. Early on July 7th, .
General Oglethorpe forces included a mixture of rangers, British regulars, Southeastern Indians, and local citizens, which all averaged at less than a thousand men.
Spanish scouts advanced to north to examine the landscape to plan their attack, when they suddenly met a group of English rangers, and the two exchanged shots back and forth.
General James Oglethorpe made his way to the scene as soon as the news was delivered, bringing along with him reinforcements. Oglethorpe charged straight into the Spanish soldiers scattering the additional forces.
Later that day...
That same day during the afternoon the Spanish expedited more troops into the region, the English forces replied brutally by shooting from behind the heavy covered brush in the surrounding marshes.
This ambush combined with the Spanish soldiers mass confusion, resulted in another English victory, despite Oglethorpe’s absence. This second compact between the two forces earned its name, The Battle of Bloody Marsh, from its location which guaranteed the English a remarkable second victory.
The Spanish landed on the southern tip of the island preparing to set up base camp at the nearby Fort St. Simmons.