Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Richard Henry Wilde, the poet and statesman, was the brother of the young officer. Lieutenant Wilde had served in the campaign against the Seminoles and his vivid description of Florida suggested to the poet an epic poem, which, like the life of James Wilde, was cut short by the fatal bullet.
The unfinished poem is remembered for the beauty of a single lyric, the opening stanza of which is:
"That opens to the morning sky;
"But ere the shades of evening close,
"Is scattered on the ground - to die.”
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-22.)
Marker series. Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 4.499′ N, 81° 5.394′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from E. Oglethorpe Ave.. Click for map. The marker is located in the Colonial Park Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archibald Bulloch (here, next to this marker); James Johnston (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Vallence Bevan (1798-1830) (a few steps from this marker); William Scarbrough (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Greene Malbone (1777-1807) (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (1759-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Duellist's Grave. Duelling came into Georgia with the first settlers from England as an accepted element of the social code. Among the army men who soon came to its shores were unquestionably those who had participated in duels either as principals or seconds. It was an age when few questioned the propriety of settling personal
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This link directs you to the marker about Colonial Park Cemetery.
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