Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

Anchored Yesterdays: The Log Book of Savannah's Voyage across a Georgia Century, in Ten Watches

Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

Anchored Yesterdays: The Log Book of Savannah's Voyage across a Georgia Century, in Ten Watches

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Anchored Yesterdays: The Log Book of Savannah's Voyage across a Georgia Century, in Ten Watches. By Elfrida De Renne Barrow and Laura Palmer Bell. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001. Pp. 160; $19.95, cloth.)

"Our people still live in tents, there being only two clapboard houses built and three sawed houses framed," reported James Oglethorpe to the trustees in England the month after he and 120 colonists settled atop a high bluff overlooking the Savannah River. "Our crane, our battery cannon and magazine are finished," he continued. Beginning with the story of the founding of Savannah as the first city in "The Colony of Georgia in America," the Log Book details the emerging seaport's first eventful century. The nautical imagery of the format, with each decade allotted a "Watch," propels the equally charming and substantial reports.

The various entries describe: the battle of Bloody Marsh (July 1742); the first issue of the Georgia Gazette (1763); the first export shipment of cotton grown in the colonies of British North America and the establishment of the St. Andrew's Club (both 1764); the arrival of the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (August 2,1776); the deaths of both Sergeant William Jasper and Count Casimir Pulaski during the patriot attack on the British-occupied city (October 1779); the establishment of three post stages a week between Charleston and Savannah (1786); and visits from George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. …

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