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Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Fannin Avengers

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
1. The Fannin Avengers Marker
Inscription. In 1846, when President Polk called for volunteers to fight against Mexico, a company of men organized promptly in Griffin. Calling themselves “The Fannin Avengers”, they marched to Columbus where the company became part of a regiment commanded by Colonel Henry R. Jackson of Savannah. The regiment performed gallant service in Mexico.

The company was named in honor of Col. James W. Fannin of Twiggs County, a martyr to Texas independence. Tremendously outnumbered, he agreed to surrender his command to troops under the command of Mexican dictator Santa Anna when assured the safety of his men would be guaranteed. Instead he and his men were murdered at Goliad in 1836.

Officers of “The Fannin Avengers” were Captain H. J. Sargent, 1st Lt. George D. Alexander, 2nd Lt. H. B. Holliday. Non-commissioned officers at the time the company left Griffin were 1st Sergeant F. M. Ison, 2nd Sgt. G. D. Johnson, 3rd Sgt. William F. Moore, 4th Sgt. Robert Latimer, 1st Corporal Alex O. Reed, 2nd Cpl. T. D. Bertody, 3rd Cpl. Joseph Johnson, and 4th Cpl. Ben F. Ingram.
 
Erected 2001 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 126-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location.
The Fannin Avengers Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
2. The Fannin Avengers Marker
Looking north toward Griffin on US 19, on the right
33° 13.555′ N, 84° 16.114′ W. Marker is in Griffin, Georgia, in Spalding County. Marker is at the intersection of Zebulon Road (U.S. 19) and Fair Road, on the right when traveling south on Zebulon Road. Click for map. The marker is at the National Guard Armory at the Griffin airport. Marker is in this post office area: Griffin GA 30223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spalding Grays (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Camp Milner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rotary International (approx. 1.3 miles away); Founding of Griffin (approx. 1.5 miles away); Spalding County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lewis Lawrence Griffin (approx. 1.6 miles away); The City of Griffin (approx. 1.6 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Griffin.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text on this location erected by the Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Regarding The Fannin Avengers. 2nd Lt Henry Burroughs Holliday was the father of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, gambler, gunman, friend of Wyatt Earp, and participant in the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral."
 
Categories. War, Mexican-American
 
The Fannin Avengers Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
3. The Fannin Avengers Marker
Looking north on US 19 toward Griffin, with a Georgia Historical Marker for the Spalding Grays in the foreground.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 913 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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