“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Richard Wall

1754 - 1842

Richard Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. Richard Wall Marker
Born in County Limerick, Ireland, he served as a Cadet of Marines under Captain John Paul Jones on the 'Bonhomme Richard' in 1779. While pursuing deserters near Ireland he was captured and sent to England's Forton Prison and was released after three years. As a Midshipman on the frigate 'South Carolina' he was again captured and later exchanged.

Erected by Stone Placed by DeSoto Hilton Hotel.
Location. 32° 4.555′ N, 81° 6.036′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King Boulevard (West Broad Street). Click for map. Located between Louisville Road and West Harris Street (Between Savannah Visitor Center and Savannah Roundhouse Museum, in the Battlefield Memorial Park). 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. Isidore De Lynch (here, next to this marker); Colonel Mordecai Sheftall (here, next to this marker); Mills Murphree (here, next to this marker); Peter Tondee (here, next to this marker); Major General Israel Putnam
Richard Wall Marker at the Memorial To The American Revolution image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 16, 2008
2. Richard Wall Marker at the Memorial To The American Revolution
(here, next to this marker); To Honor Our Patriot Ancestors (here, next to this marker); Col. John White (here, next to this marker); Robert Morris (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
Additional comments.
1. Pension Application of Richard Wall: S22032

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
The State of South Carolina }
District of Charleston }
On this Nineteenth day of December Anno Domini One thousand Eight hundred and thirty two
personally appeared before the Honorable Thomas Lee Judge of the United States of America for
the District of South Carolina Richard Wall a resident of the City of Charleston in the State
aforesaid aged Seventy eight years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his
oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the
act of Congress passed June 7 1832. That in the year of our Lord 1779 he entered on board the
Frigate Bon Homme Richard, commanded by Captain John Paul Jones as a volunteer in the
Marine Department, in the port of L’Orient (Lorient) in France. That some time previous to the
month of August in the said year he was advanced by Captain Jones to the rank of Cadet of
Marines. That after leaving the port of L’Orient on a cruise when off the western Coast of Ireland
it became necessary to tow the ships head from the land for which service a boats crew was
ordered who whilst thus engaged in towing the ship seized the opportunity to effect their
escape. The said Richard Wall with Cullen Lunt, Sailing Master and some of the crew were
ordered to go in pursuit of the deserters and whilst engaged in performing this duty was
captured by boats sent from the land to take them after in vain endeavouring to escape. The
said Richard Wall was taken to Ireland from thence sent to England and then detained in Forton
Prison near Portsmouth until the autumn of the year 1782, exposed to more than the usual
hardships and privations a prisoner of war is usually compelled to submit to, being put on very
short allowance and daily threatened with execution as a rebel and traitor to the British
Government. After his discharge from prison the said Richard Wall entered on board the frigate
South Carolina and served in the capacity of Midshipman – until she was captured (see note
below). And the said Richard Wall declares that as Cadet aforesaid of Marine, he had the rank of
a midshipman. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except
the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any State.
(signed) Rich’d. Wall

On 4 Feb 1779 John Paul Jones took command of the Duc de Duras, renamed Bonhomme
Richard in honor of Benjamin Franklin, and spent the next six months in France arming her. His
famous engagement with the Serapis occurred 23 Sep 1779, after Wall was captured.
The frigate South Carolina was captured off New Providence, Bahama Islands, on 8 May
1782, before Wall stated he was released from prison.
    — Submitted April 6, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

Categories. War, US Revolutionary
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