Blackshear, Georgia

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Blackshear is a city in Pierce County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,283 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Pierce County[3].

Blackshear is part of the Waycross Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Blackshear is located at 31°17′56″N 82°14′52″W / 31.29889°N 82.24778°W / 31.29889; -82.24778 (31.298941, -82.247726)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), of which, 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.06%) is water.

History

Blackshear was founded in December 1859 as a result of military forts, roads, and bridges being built through the interior of Georgia to the coast. The city was named in honor of General David Blackshear, who authorized the construction of these roads, bridges and some 11 forts for defense. He was a Patriot in the American Revolution fighting in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge and the Battle of Buford's Bridge. He served as a general during the War of 1812. General Blackshear also served in the Georgia state legislature as Senator of Laurens County.

During the American Civil War, the city became a temporary prisoner of war camp for more than 5,000 Union prisoners. Confederate Prison Camp This site is marked by a historical landmark sign.

The primary crop of this south Georgia community was once tobacco, and where the first brick tobacco warehouse in Georgia was built, known as the Brantley Brick.

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