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Dennis Cahill

 
 
Dennis Cahill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
1. Dennis Cahill Marker
Inscription.
By deed of self-sacrifice,
such as all humanity claims
and counts amoung its jewels,
hallowed this spot and rendered
his name worthy of such
Lasting Memory
as these rugged stones and
this simple tablet can secure.
For he gave his life
in a vain attempt to save
from drowning a child, having
no claim for his sacrifice save
Humanity and Helplessness
July 29, 1902.

Born Parish of Castlemagner,
County Cork, Ireland,
June, 1861.

 
Location. 33° 28.689′ N, 81° 59.055′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on 15th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the south side of the 15th Street Augusta Canal, Butt Memorial Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archibald Willingham Butt Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Augusta Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Meadow Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Walton (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Ryder Randall
Dennis Cahill Marker.." ...these rugged stones and this simple tablet...." image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
2. Dennis Cahill Marker.." ...these rugged stones and this simple tablet...."
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Curtis Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Meadow Garden (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Powder Works (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Ancient Order of Hibernians - Dennis Cahill Memorial & Gravesite. Nine-year-old Dallas Corine Kitchens was crossing the bridge while taking lunch to her aunt working in a nearby textile mill. She fell from the bridge into the canal below and her screams reached the workmen. Dennis Cahill was known as an excellent swimmer who had previously rescued two other people from the canal. He leapt into the canal and began to pull the young girl to safety. Tragedy struck when for unknown causes Cahill himself went under and both were drowned. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. The Augusta Canal... Two tragic incidents left memorials along the canal. In 1902 a young city worker, Dennis Cahill, drowned while attempting to rescue a young girl who had fallen into the canal. Citizens erected a monument to commemorate his heroism. Augusta native Archibald Butt, after assisting women and children into
Augusta Canal, at the 15th Street Bridge, the drowning site image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
3. Augusta Canal, at the 15th Street Bridge, the drowning site
lifeboats, went down with the Titanic in 1912. Former U.S. president William Howard Taft presided over the dedication of a new bridge over the canal in honor of Butt, who had served as his aide. During the 1990s Augustans successfully demonstrated against efforts to demolish the Butt Memorial Bridge. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Heroes
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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