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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

To Arms

 
 
To Arms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. To Arms Marker
Inscription. The 800 stones before you have three meanings: *They represent the approximate number of soldiers killed or wounded in Savannah on the foggy morning of October 9, 1779. *The stones are arranged as a column, with ten soldiers across. The French and American allies formed five such columns of men to attack the fortified British. *Inscribed on the stones are names and stories of people throughout the entire Revolutionary struggle from all the states, countries and cultures involved.

To your left stand a granite marker identifying the location of the Spring Hill redoubt, one of 14 British earth fortifications surrounding Savannah in 1779. It was here that the thousands in the French and other allied American columns tried to smash through the hundreds of British and loyalists defending this area.

The allied columns were meant to attack simultaneously, in overwhelming force. Due to poor communications, they arrived separately, disoriented and tired from hours of marching in the dark woods. With volunteers leading each column up the foggy slops, the soldiers attacked with fixed bayonets.

As the columns advanced, artillery and small arms crossfire killed and maimed commanders and private soldiers alike. The redoubt became a scene of hand-to-hand combat with swords and bayonets clashing.

Families from Virginia to the Carolinas,

To Arms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. To Arms Marker
from Poland to Scotland, from France to Haiti, from Germany to England would mourn the loss and suffering of loved ones who spilled their blood on the ground surrounding the Spring Hill redoubt.
 
Location. 32° 4.548′ N, 81° 6.048′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of West Harris Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. on West Harris Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Battlefield Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Elbert (a few steps from this marker); George Clymer (a few steps from this marker); Mills Murphree (a few steps from this marker); To Honor Our Patriot Ancestors (a few steps from this marker); Peter Tondee (a few steps from this marker); Major General Israel Putnam (a few steps from this marker); Col. John White (a few steps from this marker); Captain Charles Floyd (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
To Arms Marker-close up of map in the upper left image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
3. To Arms Marker-close up of map in the upper left
To Arms Marker-close up of map in the lower right image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
4. To Arms Marker-close up of map in the lower right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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