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Capt. Denis N. Cottineau

(1745-1808)

 
 
Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker
Inscription.  This grave links Savannah with one of history's greatest naval dramas - the epic fight in 1779 between the "Bon Homme Richard" and "Serapis" in which John Paul Jones immortalized himself. Denis Nicolas Cottineau de Kerloguen received a commission in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution. Commanding the slow sailing “Pallas” during the famous naval engagement of September 23, 1779, Capt. Cottineau, by skillful seamanship, forced H.M.S. “Countess of Scarborough” to strike her colors. He was subsequently wounded in a duel with another officer, Pierre Landais, against whom Commodore Jones made serious charges after the battle.

Cottineau later settled in the French West Indies. During the slave insurrection in San Domingo he fled to Pennsylvania where he joined several fellow French refugees in establishing a colony. Suffering from a “lingering illness,” he came to Savannah early in 1808. Capt. Cottineau died here, Nov. 29 of that year, at the residence of Abbé Carles. Cottineau’s widow was the sister of the Marquis de Montalet who once owned the Hermitage plantation near Savannah.

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1928 Ambassador Paul Claudel of France knelt in homage here at the grave of the gallant Frenchman who helped establish the prestige of the infant American Navy.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-55.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 23, 1850.
 
Location. 32° 4.506′ N, 81° 5.455′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is on Abercorn Street, on the right when traveling north. Located along the west fence within the Colonial Park Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Denis Cottineau de Kerloguen (here, next to this marker); Col. James S. McIntosh (1784-1847) (within shouting distance of this marker); General Lachlan McIntosh (1727-1806) (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Greene Malbone (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting
Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker,seen along Abercorn St. in Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
2. Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker,seen along Abercorn St. in Savannah
distance of this marker); Joseph Vallence Bevan (within shouting distance of this marker); James Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park
 
Also see . . .
1. American Geographers, 1784-1812:. He commanded the "Pallas" (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. A History of the United States Navy, from 1775 to 1898. The "Pellas" (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Battle of Flamborough Head. Jones immediately wrote a report to his own government master, Benjamin Franklin, one notable feature of which was, inevitably, the conduct of Captain Landais (of the "Alliance", Continental Navy). Furious though he was, he wrote "I forbear to take any steps With him until I have the advice and approbation of your Excellency". Captain Cottineau, on the other hand, placed himself under no such obligation, and called Landais a coward to his face. As a result, he was challenged to a duel, in which Landais once again demonstrated his superior military skill by running his sword through Cottineau’s chest, just missing the heart. (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker, in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) Marker, in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah
 
 
A separate Memorial Next to the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. A separate Memorial Next to the Marker
In Honor and Grateful Memory of Captain Denis Cottineau De Kerloguen who was born in Nantes, France and died in Savannah Ga.,November 20, 1808, aged 63 Years. In the war for American Independence he fought with John Paul Jones in the famous battle between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis, on September 23, 1779, in which he commanded the Pallas, a ship of war of the United States, and rendered noble service to the American cause. For his part in this engagement he was praised by Capt. Jones and by Benjamin Franklin, and was decorated with the Cross of St. Louis by the French Government. He was a member of The Society Of The Cincinnati in the state of Georgia.
Erected on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis By the City of Savannah and Patriotic Societies.
At The Main Gate to Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. At The Main Gate to Colonial Park Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,155 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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