Fort Tyler

Fort Tyler (HMOSE)

Location: West Point, GA 31833 Troup County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 52.806', W 85° 11.166'

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125 yards northwest, at crest of hill, stood Fort Tyler - last Confederate fort to fall in War Between the States. Fort Tyler was of earthwork construction 35 yds. square surrounded by ditch 12 feet wide, 10 feet deep and enclosed by wooden abates. The fort was erected to protect important railroad and wagon bridges across Chattahoochee river east of this point.

On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, the garrison of 265 Confederates - remnants of Point Coupe Louisiana and Waittes' South Carolina Batteries - aided by boys and convalescent Confederate soldiers - withstood the attack of 3,500 Federals before capitulating late in afternoon. The [CS] forces were commanded by Gen. R.C. Tyler, Col. J.H. Fannin, Capts. Gonzales, Trepanier and Webb; Lieuts. Montgomery and McFarland. Units of 2nd and 4th Indiana, 7th Kentucky, and 1st Wisconsin, commanded by Col. O.H. LaGrange, formed part of [US] forces.

Stone home of Dr. A.W. Griggs, Confederate surgeon, built in 1858 (remodeled 1951) stands 40 ft. nw. Although hit repeatedly by cannon fire of both forces, original walls are intact. Here Mrs. Griggs and other West Point women gave aid and shelter to wounded of both armies after battle.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number141-2
Year Placed1953
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 669687 N 3639453
Decimal Degrees32.88010000, -85.18610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 52.806', W 85° 11.166'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 52' 48.36" N, 85° 11' 9.96" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 610 W 10th St, West Point GA 31833, US
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