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Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell

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Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, August 2008
1. Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell Marker
Inscription.  
Laurel Grove, at the end of this avenue, was the birthplace of John McIntosh Kell, 1823-1900, distinguished Naval officer. He was a member of the expedition of Commodore Matthew C. Perry to Japan in 1853, and was Master of the flagship Mississippi on the homeward cruise. When Georgia seceded from the Union, John McIntosh Kell resigned his commission to join the Confederacy. He was Executive Officer of the Sumter; then of the Alabama throughout her brilliant career on the seas, and in her final battle with the Kearsarge off Cherbourg. Later in life, John McIntosh Kell served for several years as Adjutant General of the State of Georgia.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 095-36.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
 
Location. 31° 22.281′ N, 81° 25.306′ W. Marker is
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in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridge Road (State Road 99) and Kell Avenue on Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Darien GA 31305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Early Spanish Mission (approx. half a mile away); The Savannah Lumber Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); To The Soldiers Of Fort King George (approx. 0.6 miles away); 200 Years of Sawmilling (approx. 0.6 miles away); How Steam Engines Worked (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lower Bluff Sawmill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Guale Indian Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Fort King George (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
 
Regarding Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell. The C.S.S. Alabama inflicted considerable disorder and devastation on United States merchant shipping throughout the globe. The Confederate cruiser claimed more than 60 prizes with a total value of approximately $6,000,000.
 
Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell Marker, looking north along Ridge Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell Marker, looking north along Ridge Road
Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell looking down Kell Avenue (narrow lane) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, August 27, 2008
3. Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell looking down Kell Avenue (narrow lane)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,425 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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