Fort Peachtree, War of 1812

Fort Peachtree, War of 1812 (HM67R)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30327 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 49.88', W 84° 26.937'

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One of a line of forts hastily constructed during the War of 1812 to control the Creek Indians who were in alliance with the British, of the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek, and overlooked the Creek trading-post town of Standing Peachtree. First Lt. George Rockingham Gilmer (Governor of Georgia, 1829-31, 1837-39) erected the fort in 1814. He later said he had "never seen a fort" up until that time, but as far as anyone knows, his construction was successful, since the strength of the fort was never tested. Sgt. James McCondell Montgomery, one of Gilmer`s command of twenty-two, wrote Gen Andrew Jackson (March 20 1814) that the site, `on a commanding eminence,` provided a "romantic" view of the river, both up stream and down. In July he described the fort as being "two large hew'd logg block houses, six dwelling houses, one fram'd store house, one Bridge...and five boats" which cost "the Government not less than five thousand dollars." (Montgomery later returned to live here. He became postmaster of Standing Peachtree and established Montgomery's Ferry near the fort site.) After the War of 1812, Fort Peachtree was apparently abandoned. No trace of the fort remains atop the hill.
HM NumberHM67R
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number060-194
Year Placed1966
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 3:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 736078 N 3746382
Decimal Degrees33.83133333, -84.44895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 49.88', W 84° 26.937'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 49' 52.80" N, 84° 26' 56.22" W
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Area Code(s)678, 404, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2789 Ridgewood Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30327, US
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