Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Burning of Darien

Marker ID: GHS 95-2
Location: at City Hall, 1 block E. of US 17, Darien
County: McIntosh
Coordinates: N 31° 22.144    W 081° 26.06
  31.36907256    -81.43434046
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1PH9
The Burning of Darien Marker  


On June 11, 1863 the seaport of Darien was vandalized and burned by Federal forces stationed on nearby St. Simons Island. The town was largely deserted, most of its 500 residents having sought refuge inland. Lost were public buildings, churches, businesses and most private residences. Conducting the raid were units comprised of among the first African-American troops to serve the Union cause, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers under Col. Robert G. Shaw, and the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers under Col. James Montgomery. The burning of Darien, undefended and of little strategic importance, was one of the most controversial events of the Civil War.

2001.10 Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and 95-2
Lower Altamaha Historical Society


The Burning of Darien