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Rees Park

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
1. Rees Park Marker
Inscription. Dr. Albert Rees, a pioneer local physician, deeded the land for this park to the citizens of Americus in 1846. Two decades later, following the battlefield death of his son Lt. Lucius Gibson Rees, C.S.A. (1841-1864) near Petersburg, Virginia, this park was set aside as a permanent memorial. Lt. Rees, a member of Co. A, 11th Georgia Artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, known as the “Sumter Flying Artillery,” participated in many of the major battles of the War Between the States, under the overall command of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Against horrendous odds, an enslaved family servant, who accompanied him to war, single-handedly returned his body to his grieving family here in Americus for burial in nearby Oak Grove Cemetery.
 
Location. 32° 3.991′ N, 84° 13.483′ W. Marker is in Americus, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Elm Street 0 miles north of East College Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Americus GA 31709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Speaker Crisp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federal Headquarters (approx. 0.3
Rees Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
2. Rees Park Marker
miles away); Confederate Hospitals (approx. 0.7 miles away); Georgia Southwestern State University (approx. mile away); Americus Colored Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elm Tree (approx. 0.9 miles away); Poverty Housing: A Global Epidemic (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Americus.
 
More about this marker. The marker was privately erected, although it matches the appearance of the official State of Georgia markers erected by the Georgia Historical Commission and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, US Civil
 
Rees Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
3. Rees Park Marker
Looking north on Elm Street toward Oak Grove Cemetery, where Lt. Rees is buried.
Rees Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
4. Rees Park Marker
Looking south on Elm Street
Rees Park Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
5. Rees Park Gazebo
The gazebo in Rees Park was erected in 1986 through the efforts of the Sumter Historic Preservation Society.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 27, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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