Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat.
Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Mix flour, baking power, and salt thoroughly in bowl.
Add remaining 1 cup sugar and milk slowly to prevent clumping.
Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.
Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup.
Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using.
Batter will rise to top during baking.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.