Old Sea Watcher

Laurie Perry

Lakeland, United States

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Cockspur Lighthouse- Tybee Island, Georgia USA
(My personal favorite lighthouse)

Situated on an islet off the southeastern tip of Cockspur Island marking the South Channel of the Savannah River, the Cockspur Lighthouse is stands twelve miles east of the port of Savannah. The islet, often covered by high tide, is comprised of oyster shells, and marsh grass. At the start of the American Civil War, the light was temporarily extinguished. On April 10, 1862, Union forces in eleven batteries stretching along the beach at Tybee Island, started a long range bombardment of Fort Pulaski. Thirty-six guns participated in a thirty-hour siege of the fort with the Cockspur Lighthouse in direct line of fire. Following the surrender of Fort Pulaski on April 11, 1862, the little beacon miraculously only suffered minor damage.
This structure was recently added to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Places in Peril List in hopes of bringing more attention to the threatened landmark.

Taken with a Kodak Easyshare

Featured in Historic Places, All About Lighthouses, All Things White

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