Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Oglethorpe Battery Park
Title: Oglethorpe Battery Park - Inspection 12/12/88
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Title: Oglethorpe Battery Park - Inspection 12/12/88
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Oglethorpe Battery Park
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1988
Physical Location:
Box: 8
Divider: Historic Resources (Condition & Recommendation Reports)
Folder: Oglethorpe Battery Park
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 48 King Street
Coordinates: 29.892465 x -81.313142
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095536
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Partial text of marker:

Oglethorpe bombarded Castillo de San Marcos from June 27th to

July 20th, 1740.

The site is marked with a hewn coquina shell obilisk rising from

a square-in-plan base. The base has bronze tablets set in all

four sides. The south and east tablets are secured with bronze

lag bolts, the other two are held in place with special flat head


Tablet text follows:

West tablet Site of El Pozo. Main battery with which General

Olglethorpe shelled Castillo de San Marcos during his seige of

St. Aaugustine, June-July 1740. This monument erected by the St.

Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science.

South tablet Governor Manuel de Montiano made wise defence -

city's inhabitants and garrison crowded in the fort faced

starvation until relief eluded the English blockade.

East tablet This park is property of St. Augustine Historical

Society and Institute of Science. AD 1938

North tablet Besieging forces including Georgia and Carolina

provincial militia, Indians and English fleet failed to reduce

City after 29 days siege and withdrew.

The coquina monument has no protective finish. The surface has

eroded to a considerable extent. Extensive repointing was noted

in the upper two/thirds of the obilisk proper. The monument rests

on or is surrounded by a stepped, exposed aggregate poured

concrete foundation which, in turn, is surrounded with a shell

agregate concrete slab. Paving of eight inch square red tile

extend from the concrete pad in four directions. They are

approximately 24 tile wide by 30 tile deep. The tile are

apparently laid in sand and are relatively flat,although some

displacement was noted on the west side. A goodly number of the

tile are laid with the groved side up.

There is a large amount of what appears to be calcium carbonate

deposited on the foundation steps. This material is apparently

being leached from the coquina during heavy rains and is

redeposited by evaporation.

A circular, exposed coquina watch house with a domed roof is

located in the south east corner of the property. It is assumed

that this is a reconstruction dating from approximately the same

time as the monument. Firing slots are located around the

perimeter and a door is let into the southeast side. This door is

constructed of plywood and shows some deterioration. The hardware

securing the door is inappropriate. Attempts have been made to

sumulate strap hinges but it is unsuccessful.

The structure is currently used to house an irrigation pump and

associated controls. Power is supplied to the pump via a

temporary service pole set near the structure. Feed is

underground in PVC conduit. The pole location is inappropriate.

The walls and dome show some evidence of surface erosion but not

to the extent of the monument. There are several large

depressions in the dome and what appears to be rebar is exposed

in one of these.

The remnants of the earthenwork battery is stabilized by sod.

Several large trees are also growing around the perimeter.

The ground cover on the site has a high percentage of weeds.

There is an automated sprinkler system installed.

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