US Nursing: Macon

MACONHistoryNurses will read that during the latter parts of the 16th century, in response to growing pressure from the Spanish, British settlers invited the native population of Chattahoochee river area to relocate to the Ocmulgee basin.

1806 saw Fort Hawkins constructed on overlooking Ocmulgee Fields. It was named after an Indian scout who was based there for trading reasons. From these origins Macon was subsequently founded in 1823 on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. The city was named after a contemporary statesman from North Carolina.

As the Civil War approached in 1860 the city had developed into Macon an important political and economic center. The Confederates Army used it as a significant supply depot and also manufactured cannons and other war material. During the conflict the city was attacked twice by Union troops, but repulsed on both occasions. Towards the end of the war the Battle of Griswoldville took place 12 miles north of the city.

The city of Macon’s development continues as a center of commerce, industry, arts and heritage tourism. The city was home to such famous musicians as Duane Allman, Otis Redding and Little Richard and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is located there.

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