Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
such as all humanity claims
and counts amoung its jewels,
hallowed this spot and rendered
his name worthy of such
as these rugged stones and
this simple tablet can secure.
For he gave his life
in a vain attempt to save
from drowning a child, having
no claim for his sacrifice save
Humanity and Helplessness
July 29, 1902.
Born Parish of Castlemagner,
County Cork, Ireland,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1861.
Location. 33° 28.689′ N, 81° 59.055′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on 15th Street, on the right when traveling north. Located on the south side of the 15th Street Augusta Canal, Butt Memorial Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archibald Willingham Butt Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Augusta Canal (within shouting distance of this Turbine Power (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meadow Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Walton (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Ryder Randall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Curtis Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Meadow Garden (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . . The Augusta Canal. The New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
Two tragic incidents left memorials along the canal. In 1902 a young city worker, Dennis Cahill, drowned while attempting to rescue a young girl who had fallen into the canal. Citizens erected a monument to commemorate his heroism. Augusta native Archibald Butt, after assisting women and children into lifeboats, went down with the Titanic in 1912. Former U.S. president William Howard Taft presided over the dedication of a new bridge over the canal in honor of Butt, who had served as his aide. During the 1990s Augustans successfully demonstrated against efforts to demolish the Butt Memorial Bridge. (Submitted on August 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,533 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.