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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Chatham Artillery's

"Washington Guns"

 
 
Chatham Artillery "Washington Guns" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Chatham Artillery "Washington Guns" Marker
Inscription.  These cannon, which were captured when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in the American Revolution, were a gift to the Chatham Artillery by President George Washington - a mark of his appreciation for the part the local military company played in the celebration of his visit to Savannah in May, 1791. Washington commended the Chatham Artillery in “warmest terms” and at one of the functions in his honor (which took place on the river bluff east of this spot) proposed a toast “to the present dexterous Corps of Artillery.”

The “Washington Guns” have thundered a welcome to many distinguished visitors to Savannah, including James Monroe, the Marquis de Lafayette, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Chester A. Arthur, Jefferson Davis, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

During the War Between the States the historic cannon were buried for safety beneath the Chatham Artillery armory and were not removed until 1872 when Federal occupation troops had departed.

The “Washington Guns” were taken to Yorktown in 1881 by a contingent of the
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Chatham Artillery and led the parade at the centennial celebration of Cornwallis' surrender.
 
Erected 1982 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 025-54.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe, the Former U.S. Presidents: #13 Millard Fillmore, the Former U.S. Presidents: #21 Chester A. Arthur, the Former U.S. Presidents: #22 and #24 Grover Cleveland, the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1791.
 
Location. 32° 4.856′ N, 81° 5.43′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is on Bay Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. A different marker also named Chatham Artillery's (here, next to this marker); Charles Blaney Cluskey (a few steps from this marker); Vaulting Through Time (a few steps from this marker);
Chatham Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 9, 2013
2. Chatham Artillery Marker
Birthplace of the University Of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); One Building - Many Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Railroad & Bank Bldg. (within shouting distance of this marker); A Storeroom By Any Other Name (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Chatham Artillery. Chatham Artillery unit designation dates to the Georgia colonial militia formed in 1751. The unit history includes service in every American war, including Confederate service in the Civil War. The organization lives on today as the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment. (Submitted on February 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Chatham Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 9, 2013
3. Chatham Artillery Marker
Chatham Artillery's Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, December 29, 2020
4. Chatham Artillery's Marker
Washington's Guns image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Washington's Guns
Chatham Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 10, 2013
6. Chatham Artillery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,809 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2013, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   4. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   5. submitted on February 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 10, 2013, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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