Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry Sims Morgan
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 walking distance of this marker. Tybee Island Wade-Ins (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Tybee Island Wade-Ins (a few steps from this marker); The Loss of the HMS Otranto October 1918 (a few steps from this marker); H.M.S. Otranto and Fort Screven (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Henry Sims Morgan (a few steps 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). 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.)
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 1,560 times since then and 85 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?