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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Liberty

 
 
The Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 24, 2009
1. The Liberty Marker
Inscription. The armed schooner "Liberty", the first American Naval vessel officially commissioned early in July 1775 by a Provincial Congress, sailed from this port. She was commanded by Oliver Bowen and Joseph Habersham and carried ten carriage guns and fifty men. She flew the Liberty Flag, a white banner with a red border and the motto " American Liberty " imprinted on the field in large red letters. The "Liberty " made the first ordered capture in Southern waters of the Revolution on July 9, 1775 when she took off Tybee (Island). The British vessel "Phillipa", commanded by Captain Richard Maitland. Of some six and one half tons of gunpowder taken, over half was sent north for use by the other colonies. The Georgia leaders, Bowen and Habersham went on to command the Georgia Continental Navy and the first Continential Battalion respectively.
 
Erected by The Sons Of The Revolution in the State of Georgia.
 
Location. 32° 4.797′ N, 81° 5.081′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East River Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. West of the Broad Street. Ramp at Morrell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Liberty Marker along River St. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. The Liberty Marker along River St.
walking distance of this marker. The Lions Club of Savannah (a few steps from this marker); Ironclads and Gunboats of the Savannah River Squadron (within shouting distance of this marker); The Georgia Medical Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Harbor Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing the Savannah (within shouting distance of this marker); 1996 Olympic Yachting Cauldron (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native Americans on the Georgia Coast (about 400 feet away); Jane Cuyler (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding The Liberty. Oliver Bowen, naval officer, died in Providence, Rhode Island, in August 1800. He was a revolutionary patriot of Augusta, Georgia, and was successful, in the early days of the war, in seizing a large quantity of
powder stored on Tybee island, near Savannah, 10 July 1775. He joined the unsuccessful expedition against Wilmington in 1778. He was a member of the Provincial Congress of 1775, and of the Council of Safety.
 
Also see . . .  Capture of the Philippa. American War of Independence- at sea excerpt (Submitted on June 28, 2009.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
The Liberty Marker at Morrell Park, the tour bus stop image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2009
3. The Liberty Marker at Morrell Park, the tour bus stop
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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