Historic Markers Across Georgia

Blackshear Trail

Marker ID: GHM 040-1
Location: Ga 300 .9 mile SW of US 280 junction, west of Cordele
County: Crisp
Coordinates: N 31° 56.742    W 083° 49.128
  31.9457    -83.8188
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3RQT
Blackshear Trail Marker
Photo by Leon Slappey


Blackshear Trail, made by General David Blackshear during the War of 1812, was used by General Andrew Jackson when he led his troops from Fort Hawkins, now Macon, through Hartford, now Hawkinsville, to Fort Early in 1818. The section was roadless except for this and a few Indian trails. General Jackson used it in his campaign against the Seminole and Creek Indians.

The Battle of Skin Cypress Pond was fought on the Blackshear Trail. During the battle three U.S. soldiers and a number of Indians were killed. They were buried at the site of the battle in unmarked graves.