Historic Markers Across Georgia



History of Emancipation



Marker ID: GHS 25-32
Location: Located behind the visitors center at of Fort Pulaski National Monument, off U.S. 80 east of Savannah, GA.
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 01.628    W 080° 53.550
  32.027133    -80.892500
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4KR5
History of Emancipation Marker  



Text:

History of Emancipation:
Gen. David Hunter and general Order No. 7


On April 13, 1862, following the Union capture of Ft. Pulaski during the Civil War, Maj. Gen. David Hunter issued General order No. 7 freeing those enslaved at the fort and on Cockspur Island. Hunter, an abolitionist advocated the enlistment of black solders in the Union Army, ordered freedmen subject to military service. Not yet committed to a comprehensive plan of emancipation, President Abraham Lincoln overturned the orders. However, Hunter´s orders were a precursor to Lincoln´s own Emancipation Proclamation, formally issued January 1, 1863, and the establishment of the Bureau of Colored Troops on May 22 1863. Local African-American units included the 103rd Regiment USCT, which serviced at Ft. Pulaski 1865-1866.


2008.5 Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and Sam´s Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 25-32



 

 

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