Gen. David Hunter and General Orders No. 7On April 13, 1862, following the Union capture of Ft. Pulaski during the Civil War, Maj. Gen. David Hunter issued General Orders No. 7 freeing those enslaved at the fort and on Cockspur Island. Hunter, an abolitionist advocating the enlistment of black soldiers 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 to the establishment of the Bureau of Colored Troops on May 22, 1863. Local African-American units included the 103rd Regiment USCT, which served at Ft. Pulaski 1865-1866.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Historical Society and Sam|
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|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:25pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 510130 N 3543461|
|Decimal Degrees||32.02725000, -80.89271667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 1.635', W 80° 53.563'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 1' 38.10" N, 80° 53' 33.78" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 30757 US-80, Tybee Island GA 31328, US|
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