Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Didn't Know the War Was over; a City Remembers; St. Marys Organizers Plan to Celebrate the 'Last Battle' from the War of 1812

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Didn't Know the War Was over; a City Remembers; St. Marys Organizers Plan to Celebrate the 'Last Battle' from the War of 1812

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Byline: Tiffany Pakkala

As St. Marys residents continue their own battle, of sorts, to correct the history books, they'll celebrate Saturday their city's role in the War of 1812.

The war technically came to an end when the Treaty of Ghent was signed in December 1814. Then came another American victory Jan. 8, 1815, at the Battle of New Orleans, which is often viewed as the war's final battle.

"That was slightly before the Battle at Point Peter," explained Cheri Richter, one of the event's organizers.

With nothing even remotely close to modern communications, soldiers had no way of knowing the war was over. So the British, who had overtaken the south end of Cumberland Island, attacked St. Marys Jan. 11-15, 1815.

"We take pride in saying we fought that last battle, and we want this part of our history known on a national scale," Richter said. "The bad news is, we didn't win."

St. Marys' small force of about 90 men was no match for the 1,000 British soldiers who sacked and burned the town, she said. …

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