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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Sorrel–Weed House
 
Old Sorrel–Weed House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Old Sorrel–Weed House Marker
 
Inscription. A fine example of Greek Revival style, this building (completed in 1840 from the plans of Charles B. Cluskey, a well-known Georgia architect) shows the distinguished trend of Savannah architecture during the first half of the 19th century. The Mediterranean villa influence reflects the French background of the original owner, Francis Sorrel (1793- 1870), a shipping merchant of Savannah who as a child was saved by a faithful slave from the massacre of the white colonists in St. Domingo. The ante-bellum tradition of refinement and hospitality associated with the residence was continued after its purchase in 1859 by Henry D. Weed.

Here resided as a youth G. Moxley Sorrel (1838- 1901) who achieved fame as one of “Lee’s Lieutenants.” Shortly after war broke out in 1861 Sorrel, a young bank clerk in Savannah, proceeded to Virginia where with conspicuous valor and zeal through the major battles and campaigns in that theater from the First Mannassas to Petersburg and was thrice wounded. Sorrel became brig. general at the age of 26. Competent critics have called him “the best staff officer in the Confederate service.” Gen. Sorrel’s “Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer” is an absorbing account of his war experiences.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission
 
Old Sorrel–Weed House and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Old Sorrel–Weed House and Marker

 
. (Marker Number 025-27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.44′ N, 81° 5.637′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on West Harris Street, on the right. Click for map. Across from Madison Square at Bull and Macon Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 West Harris Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Madison Square (a few steps from this marker); History Of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15 (a few steps from this marker); Sergeant Jasper (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemansonry (within shouting distance of this marker); Ogeechee Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augusta Road (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Old Sorrel–Weed House. Charles Blaney Cluskey, Irish architect, designed this elegant dwelling for the Sorrel family.
Cluskey's love of Greek Revival design is seen in the accents of Doric columns, a sweeping double entrance and marble floors. In deference to torrid Savannah summers, Cluskey drew plans for the main floor so that all rooms opened onto a shaded veranda. One distinguished member of the Sorrel family was Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, known as Moxley. Young Moxley was a bank clerk in Savannah when the Civil War began. He fought with the Confederates,served as one of Lee's lieutenants, was wounded three times and, by age 26, held the rank of brigadier general. Later the house was owned by the Weed family. Now it is a private
residence with a shop attached.
 
Sorrel–Weed House Photo, Click for full size
3. Sorrel–Weed House
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The Sorrel Weed House. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Sorrel Weed House. Now serves as a bed and breakfast. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Moxley Sorrel. In 1861, Sorrel left his job as a Savannah bank clerk, taking part in the Confederate capture of Fort Pulaski as a private in the Georgia Hussars. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Old Sorrel–Weed House , VIiew of entrance,portico and balcony image, Click for more information
Historic American Buildings Survey, 1936
4. Old Sorrel–Weed House , VIiew of entrance,portico and balcony
Historic American Building Survey HABS GA,26-SAV,48-1
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Old Sorrel–Weed House Bull Street Side Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Buildings Survey, 1936
5. Old Sorrel–Weed House Bull Street Side
Historic American Engineering Record HABS GA,26-SAV,48-2
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,346 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on February 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on June 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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