“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

John McIntosh Kell

John McIntosh Kell Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
1. John McIntosh Kell Marker Post
Inscription. Near this site was the home of Captain John McIntosh Kell, Executive Officer of the Confederate cruisers Alabama and Sumter. After entering the United States Navy at the age of 17, he served in the Mexican War and in 1853 on Perry’s expedition to Japan. Upon Georgia’s secession from the Union, Kell was the first U.S. Naval officer to offer his services to the South. After the Civil War, at his home here in Sunny Side, Kell entertained his friend, the famous Georgia poet Sidney Lanier, who, during a visit in 1874, wrote the poem "Corn." Kell served as Adjutant General of Georgia from 1887 until his death here in 1900.
Erected 1940 by Works Progress Administration.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 19.933′ N, 84° 17.283′ W. Marker was near Griffin, Georgia, in Spalding County. Marker was on Old Atlanta Road (Old Georgia Route 41) 0.1 miles north of Caruso Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Griffin GA 30223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow
John McIntosh Kell Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
2. John McIntosh Kell Marker Post
Looking north on Old Atlanta Road (Old US Highway 41) toward the community of Sunnyside.
flies. A different marker also named John McIntosh Kell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Camp (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Confederate Camp (approx. 4 miles away); Old McIntosh Road (approx. 4 miles away); Georgia Experiment Station (approx. 4.7 miles away); Founding of Griffin (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lewis Lawrence Griffin (approx. 6 miles away); The City of Griffin (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Griffin.
More about this marker. In 2001 the Georgia Historical Society installed a modern marker (see 11704) to replace the long-missing WPA marker. The text is taken from that modern marker.
Regarding John McIntosh Kell. The book “Griffin, Georgia: We Could Have Been Famous... Volume 2: Heroes, 1890-1949” by KyL T. Cobb, Jr. contains the following information about the featured marker and other markers. They were placed as part of the celebration of the centennial of the founding of Griffin, Georgia.
“June 18 [1940] was “Aviation Day” and it began with the presentation of three historical markers. One of the markers was at the home of John McIntosh Kell in Sunny Side. The other two markers were placed at Camp Stephens and Camp Milner. An air show was
John McIntosh Kell image. Click for full size.
U. S. Navy Historical Center
3. John McIntosh Kell
the featured event of the day.”
Categories. War, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Possibly a photo of the original marker that was here? • Can you help?
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