Behind My Lens at Fort Morris

Fort Morris

September 21, 2019

Fort Morris is an old Revolutionary War era historic site on the Medway River near Sunbury, Georgia. It's history goes back to the first fort built on the site in 1741 to protect Captain Mark Carr and his plantation. It was used during the French and Indian War. It was attacked by a group of Indians who were allies with the Spanish colonial forces in Florida. Several soldiers were killed and the fort and plantation were abandoned.

In 1756, the next fort was built to help protect locals who were being attacked by Creek Indians, also during the French and Indian war. In 1758 it was expanded to help protect the now booming town of Sunbury. At this time, Sunbury rivaled Savannah as a port town. The first garrison was commanded by Captain Morris in 1756 and contained more than 25 pieces of ordinance of various sizes.

Now named Fort Morris after the first commander, the fort was being commanded by Colonel John McIntosh when Col. L.V. Fuser, with 500 British troops landed in Sunbury and demanded it's surrender in Nov. 1778 during the American Revolution. With only 126 Continental troops, some militia and men from Sunbury (less than 200 men), they replied "Come and Take It".  The enemy retreated south, but came back and defeated the fort in January 1779. 

The fort fell into disrepair following the American Revolution as did the town of Sunbury. During the War of 1812, an attempt to built Fort Defiance on the site was not completed. 

The fort played a minor role in the Civil War and small group of Confederate Soldiers were stationed there. During William's T. Sherman's march to the sea, Union Soldiers removed the remaining canons there and took them to Union controlled forts.

These hills are about  all that remains above ground of the original fort and the original town of Sunbury, Georgia. The town itself, which rivaled Savannah in size and port activity, fell into disrepair after the American Revolution and the people moved away. It is a very peaceful area, indeed, one of the most peaceful areas along the Georgia Coast. Sunbury today is coming back as a residential area, but the residential area is very peaceful and eerily quite.

One more nearby historic place to visit (and the only other thing that remains above ground in Sunbury from the Revolution days, is the old Sunbury Cemetery (above).

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