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Bloody Marsh Battle Site

Visit the section of the Fort Frederica National Monument where British troops ambushed and defeated the Spanish forces making a claim on Georgia’s territory.

The Bloody Marsh Battle Site commemorates the battle between British and Spanish forces that took place on St. Simons Island on July 7, 1742. Stroll around the open-air interpretive site and learn about the strategies employed by both sides as they fought over this critical Georgia territory. Gaze across the open marshland and consider the events that took place here on that summer day in the mid-18th century.

Enter the site via a side road and begin your exploration of the fascinating historic spot. Grassy hummocks bound by broad marshland make up the majority of the area. Walk to the large stone monument that sits beneath a tall old tree. Resting on a pedestal, this obelisk bears a plaque that commemorates the victory by General James Oglethorpe and his soldiers. Read the quote by the renowned military leader and imagine the series of events that led to the battle.

View the markers and information panels that help to tell the story of what happened on this site. The Spanish Governor Don Manuel de Montiano had launched a retaliatory campaign for Georgia’s territory from his base in Florida. His forces were driven back by Oglethorpe in a clash known as the Battle of Gully Hole Creek. Anticipating a second attack, Oglethorpe split his small force into three groups and posted them strategically around the marsh you see today. When the Spanish passed through this site, the English troops held them off until their opponents ran out of ammunition and had to retreat.

Wander around the site and consider the contrast between a warm afternoon in this placid marsh and the intensity of a bloody ambush. It is believed that the Battle of Bloody Marsh convinced Governor Montiano to withdraw his campaign for Georgia’s territory once and for all.

The Bloody Marsh Battle Site, part of the Fort Frederica National Monument, is a 15-minute drive from the Fort Frederica Visitor Center. It is located on the southern end of St. Simons Island. The battle site is open daily, except select holidays. Visit the site for free.


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Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Simon's Island $164
Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Simon's Island

Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Simon's Island

105 Terminal Way, St. Simons Island, GA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in St. Simons Island, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Neptune Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Little River. Christ Church, Frederica and Brunswick City Hall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    The Inn at Sea Island $131
    The Inn at Sea Island

    The Inn at Sea Island

    100 Salt Marsh Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in St. Simons Island, this beach hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and within 6 mi (10 km) of Christ Church, Frederica and Fort Frederica National Monument. St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Neptune Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hampton Inn St. Simons Island $149
      Hampton Inn St. Simons Island

      Hampton Inn St. Simons Island

      2204 Demere Rd, St. Simons Island, GA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Saint Simons Heights, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Mildred Huie Museum at Mediterranean House and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Bloody Marsh Battle Site and Demere Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Close to Beach Fun Zone Pool Summer Access!!
        Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Close to Beach Fun Zone Pool Summer Access!!

        Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Close to Beach Fun Zone Pool Summer Access!!

        St. Simons Island, GA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Mildred Huie Museum at Mediterranean House and Demere Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Saint Simons Island Low Country Cottage, Pets Welcome!
          Saint Simons Island Low Country Cottage, Pets Welcome!

          Saint Simons Island Low Country Cottage, Pets Welcome!

          St. Simons Island, GA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Saint Simons Heights, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Mildred Huie Museum at Mediterranean House and Demere Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            11908 Old Demere Rd by Hodnett Cooper
            11908 Old Demere Rd by Hodnett Cooper

            11908 Old Demere Rd by Hodnett Cooper

            11908 Old Demere Rd, St. Simons Island, GA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St. Simons Island, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Mildred Huie Museum at Mediterranean House and Demere Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Spectacular 4br/3ba Pet-friendly Cottage, Easy Access to East Beach
              Spectacular 4br/3ba Pet-friendly Cottage, Easy Access to East Beach

              Spectacular 4br/3ba Pet-friendly Cottage, Easy Access to East Beach

              St. Simons Island, GA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in St. Simons Island, this historic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Demere Park and Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Dog Friendly! Walk to Restaurants - Close to Everything!
                Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Dog Friendly! Walk to Restaurants - Close to Everything!

                Covid-19 Disinfection Included - Dog Friendly! Walk to Restaurants - Close to Everything!

                St. Simons Island, GA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of St. Simons Island, this historic vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bloody Marsh Battle Site and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Saint Simons Island Pier. Mildred Huie Museum at Mediterranean House and Demere Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).