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This Savannah Lighthouse Survived the Crossfire of the Civil War!

The Cockspur lighthouse is the smallest lighthouse in Georgia and also survived being in the line of fire during the Civil War.

The Cockspur Lighthouse is an amazing place to visit. If you blink on your way to Tybee Island, you might just miss it!

Originally built in 1837, the Cockspur Lighthouse is the smallest lighthouse in the entire state of Georgia.

The Cockspur lighthouse is unique in that the base is shaped like the prow of a ship to reduce the impact of the waves on the structure.

This lighthouse was initially built as a daymarker without lights to indicate the entrance to the South Channel of the Savannah River. Construction lasted from March 1837 to November 1839. By 1848 it was retrofitted with lights and reflectors.

During the American Civil War the light was extinguished for a time during the battle that brought the defeat of Fort Pulaski. The lighthouse suffered little or no damage, even though it was in direct line of fire. It was later relit in 1866.
Then, on June 1, 1909, the light was finally extinguished, because the south channel was infrequently used. The United States Coast Guard relinquished control of this lighthouse to the National Park Service on August 14, 1958.
On March 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. the lighthouse was relit in a ceremony hosted by the National Park Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In early 2013 additional rocks were added around the lighthouse to protect it from strong currents at high tide.

The lighthouse still stands and is under the control of the National Park Services. Along with the entire National Monument, the lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.