The Regional Review

Volume II - No. 5

May, 1939


How the interesting archeological remains at Ocmulgee National Monument appeal to visitors representing greatly varying stations of life has been pointed out editorially by The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, which urged Middle Georgians to take greater advantage of the exhibit of prehistoric civilization that is so readily accessible.

"The varied appeal of the place is amazing," said The Telegraph. "Dr. Fay-Cooper Cole, chairman of the department of anthropology in the University of Chicago, was here recently and after inspecting the monument expressed deep interest and approval, saying he expected to send a group of students to Georgia to work in the laboratory at Ocmulgee. That is an example of the importance of the development to advanced scholars.

"But among other recent visitors to the site was the second grade of a Macon grammar school. After the visit the teacher wrote to attendants at the monument: 'As my class is only a second grade, I had some doubt as to how much they would profit by the trip, but if you could hear their reports, you would be pleased and flattered how complete they are. Often you plan a trip and then feel the children's time has been wasted. Last Tuesday's experience was quite the reverse.' If a university anthropologist and a public school second grader can find the Ocmulgee National Monument worth visiting, there must be a medium somewhere between which would provide interest and education for almost any adult resident of Macon.

"It's pretty silly to have to tell visitors 'I haven't been out there yet," when they ask something about the monument. After all, the sites have been there many, many centuries. Everybody has had time to go across the river and take a look at them."


ammunition cart

Stored for 50 years in the Ford House (Washington's headquarters) in what is now Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey, a narrow, wooden-wheeled wagon eight feet long has been identified as an ammunition cart assigned to infantry regiments of the Continental Army for transporting spare musket cartridges.

The novel conveyance, built from a design suggested by General Washington, was protected by a curved armored roof which turned on hinges like the lid of a trunk. The interior was divided into 14 compartments having an estimated capacity of 16,000 paper cartridges of the Revolutionary period. The body rested on oaken axles upon which turned solid wooden wheels 12 inches in diameter bound with two bands of two-inch iron. The cart was presented to the Washington Association of Morristown during the nineteenth century and it is considered possible it is the same object which was donated in 1879 as the "Washington specie box." Identification was made by Alfred F. Hopkins, Park Museum Curator, who received a confirming opinion from J. C. Fitzpatrick, editor of the Congressional Memorial Writings of George Washington.


hull of ship

For several centuries, no one knows how many, the capricious waters of the Atlantic, sometimes benevolent, sometimes cruelly destructive, have driven to the North Carolina Banks hundreds of doomed vessels which they indifferently bury in the shifting sands, carelessly exhume, then inter again, according to the vagaries of wind and wave. One of these exhumations was observed this month three miles north of the Bodie Island Coast Guard Station when a freakish storm uncovered the remains of a vessel which a veteran "Banker" said he had seen exposed temporarily in 1903. Speculation on the age of the ship was rife. Some said she dated from 1550; others from recent years. Examination disclosed she was an oaken craft 65 feet 5 inches in overall length, having planks 2-1/4" thick and 9" to 12" wide fastened to 6"x6" ribs by trunnels and bronze spikes.

A Service representative, cooperating with the Mariners' Museum of Newport News, Virginia, measured and photographed the wreck. Their studies are expected to determine more definitely the origins and age of a potentially historical exhibit relating to the proposed Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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Date: 04-Jul-2002