Cockspur Island

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Cockspur Island
Entrance to the Demilune, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cockspur Island, Georgia.jpg
Entrance to the Demilune, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cockspur Island, Georgia.
Cockspur Island is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Cockspur Island
Cockspur Island
Cockspur Island
Cockspur Island is located in North Atlantic
Cockspur Island
Cockspur Island
Cockspur Island (North Atlantic)
Geography
LocationNorth Atlantic
Coordinates32°1′40″N 80°53′54″W / 32.02778°N 80.89833°W / 32.02778; -80.89833Coordinates: 32°1′40″N 80°53′54″W / 32.02778°N 80.89833°W / 32.02778; -80.89833
Administration
CountyChatham County, Georgia

Cockspur Island is an island in the south channel of the Savannah River near Lazaretto Creek, northwest of Tybee Island, Georgia, United States. Most of the island is within the boundaries of Fort Pulaski National Monument. The island was so named on account of its bent shape. It was originally called Pepper Island and is also called Long Island.[1]

Historic buildings on the island include Fort Pulaski (built in 1847) and the Cockspur Island Lighthouse (built in 1837-39),[2] designed by John S. Norris, the New York City architect.

History[edit]

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley landed at the island on February 6, 1736 and a monument marks the spot where Wesley conducted a service of thanksgiving. During the American Civil War, the Battle of Fort Pulaski was fought on the island, in which the United States Army captured the fort from the Confederate States Army on April 11, 1862. Confederate soldiers were imprisoned in the fort. During the Spanish–American War, a coastal artillery battery, Battery Hambright, was built on the island; it was reactivated during World War I and World War II.


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 47. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cockspur Island Lighthouse (historical)