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

Henry Sims Morgan

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Henry Sims Morgan Marker
Inscription.  
2d Lieutenant
Corps of Engineers
Class of 1897
U.S. Military Academy

Born October 14, 1874
Drowned August 31, 1898
While attempting to rescue the crew
of bark Noe wrecked in Tybee Roads

 
Erected 1923 by his Classmates.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1962.
 
Location. 32° 1.294′ N, 80° 50.652′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Tom Lynch Loop. Near Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Screven parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tybee Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Tybee Lighthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Screven Bakery (about 700 feet away); Fort Screven (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federal Batteries on Tybee Island (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Turning Point In History (approx.
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Henry Sims Morgan Marker
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1.6 miles away); Long Range Artillery Duel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tybee Island.
 
Regarding Henry Sims Morgan. On August 31, 1898, during a terrible hurricane, the Italian Bark Noe wrecked in Tybee Roads, putting the crew in jeopardy. The 24-year-old Morgan, who was in charge of the fortification work at Fort Screven, and a crew of five volunteers attempted to rescue the imperiled crew. Morgan and one volunteer lost their lives in the attempt. In 1903, classmates dedicated a plaque to Morgan's memory at West Point. In 1923 at Fort Screven, this duplicate was mounted on a large granite stone, which was moved to Fort Pulaski when Fort Screven was decommissioned but later returned to this spot in 1994.
 
Also see . . .  Spanish-American War Fort Ruin, North End Wassaw. The remains of Lt. Morgan's Wassaw Island fort, mentioned in the previous link, are located here. (Submitted on September 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Henry Sims Morgan Marker, near Tybee lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Henry Sims Morgan Marker, near Tybee lighthouse
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By Findagrave.com, September 23, 2012
4. Henry Sims Morgan gravesite
Henry Sims Morgan is buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Valdosta, Georgia.
Introduction to a list of memorial tablets at Memorial Hall, West Point image. Click for full size.
5. Introduction to a list of memorial tablets at Memorial Hall, West Point
On page 13 of the 1902-1909 Jonathan Williams Foundry catalog is a description of the various memorial tablets which the company made that were located inside of Memorial Hall at West Point, including that of Henry Sims Morgan. Unfortunately, the USMA Command Historian LTC Sherman L. Fleek confirmed that there is currently no bronze tablet to Henry Sims Morgan in Cullum Hall (Memorial Hall).

See: American Art in Bronze and Iron, Jonathan Williams Foundry, Inc., v. 1: no. 1-7, 1902-1909, pg. 13.
Jonathan Williams Foundry 1902-1909 list of memorial tablets at Memorial Hall, West Point image. Click for full size.
6. Jonathan Williams Foundry 1902-1909 list of memorial tablets at Memorial Hall, West Point
Note the name of "Henry Sims Morgan," 2d Lieut. Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. in this list of memorial tablets with "Design No. 7" at Memorial Hall (now Cullum Hall) at West Point. The tablet is no longer at Cullum Hall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,463 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on January 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   5, 6. submitted on August 20, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture of the original plaque at West Point, NY. • Can you help?

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