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

Chatham Artillery's

“Washington Guns”

 
 
Chatham Artillery "Washington Guns" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Chatham Artillery "Washington Guns" Marker
Inscription. These bronze cannon were presented to the Chatham Artillery by President Washington after his visit to Savannah in 1791. Of English and French make, respectively, they are excellent examples of the art of ordnance manufacture in the 18th century.

An inscription on the British 6 pounder states that it was “surrendered by the capitulation of York Town Oct. 19, 1781.” The English cannon was cast in 1758 during the reign of George II and the royal insignia and motto of the Order of the Garter appear on its barrel.

The French gun was manufactured at Strasburg in 1756. On its elaborately engraved barrel appear the coat of arms of Louis XIV, the sun which was the emblem of that monarch, and a Latin inscription (which Louis XIV first ordered placed on French cannon) meaning “Last Argument of Kings.” The dolphins were emblematic of the Dauphin of France. The gun was individually named “La Populaire.”

Reminders of America’s hard-won struggle for independence and of the great man who led the Continental forces in the Revolution, the historic “Washington Guns” were placed on public display here through co-operation of the Chatham Artillery and the City of Savannah.
 
Erected 1982 by Georgia Historical Marker. (Marker Number 025-53.)
Full view of the British six pounder image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 13, 2014
2. Full view of the British six pounder

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.856′ N, 81° 5.427′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bay Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. 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. A different marker also named Chatham Artillery's (here, next to this marker); The Chatham Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the University Of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Railroad & Bank Bldg. (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Invention of the Cotton Gin (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Savannah Cotton Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. additional marker here
 
Also see . . .  The Washington Guns. In 1961, the breech was blown off one gun during a practice
French gun inscription image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 13, 2014
3. French gun inscription
The inscription at the top reads "Ultima Ratio Regum" or "Last Argument of Kings", followed by a symbol of a rose with thorns. A copy of this gun can also be seen at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
firing. (Submitted on February 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Reproduction of the French gun image. Click for full size.
By Frazier History Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
4. Reproduction of the French gun
“Washington Guns” image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. “Washington Guns”
Yorktown inscription on the British 6-pounder image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton
6. Yorktown inscription on the British 6-pounder
The engraving is very light.
Inscription on British 6-pounder image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 13, 2014
7. Inscription on British 6-pounder
French gun markings image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 13, 2014
8. French gun markings
Here can be seen parts of the dolphin-shaped ornaments directly above the trunions, followed by the Louis XVI "Sun" emblem with the motto "Nec Pluribus Impar" (Not unequal to many), and finally a portion of the royal crest of the Bourbon dynasty.
 
 
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