Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell
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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 22.281′ N, 81° 25.306′ W. Marker is 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Early Spanish Mission (approx. half 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.
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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