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Sergeant Jasper

 
 
Sergeant Jasper Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2008
1. Sergeant Jasper Marker
Inscription. Sergeant William Jasper, the famed Revolutionary hero, was mortally wounded a few hundred yards northwest of this spot on October 9, 1779, in the ill-fated attack of the American and French forces on the British defenses around Savannah. The monument to Jasper in this Square was unveiled in 1888 with great ceremony.

The 15½ foot bronze statue of Jasper was designed by the distinguished sculptor, Alexander Doyle of New York. The sculptor has depicted the heroic Sergeant bearing the colors of the Second Regiment of South Carolina Continentals during the assault at Savannah. His right hand, in which he holds a sabre, is pressed tight against the bullet wound in his side. Jasperís bullet-ridden hat lies at his feet. His face, as portrayed by the sculptor, reveals intense suffering and resolute purpose.

The bas relief panels on the North, West and East sides of the monument represent the sculptorís conception of three episodes in Sergeant Jasperís Revolutionary career: - the ramparts of Fort Sullivan near Charleston where Jasper, under heavy fire, bravely replaced the flag: the liberation of Patriot prisoners by Jasper and a companion at what is now called Jasper Spring near Savannah: and the dying heroís last moments after the attack of October 9, 1779.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgial
Sergeant Jasper Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Sergeant Jasper Marker
Historical Commission. (Marker Number 25-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.428′ N, 81° 5.626′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull Street near Macon Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at Madison Square, Bull Street and Macon Street. 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. Madison Square (within shouting distance of this marker); History Of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15 (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sorrel–Weed House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemansonry (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Ogeechee Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Sergeant Jasper. He was a sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.
 
Related markers.
Sgt. Jasper Monument at Madison Square, Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2006
3. Sgt. Jasper Monument at Madison Square, Savannah
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Also see . . .  Sgt Jasper. Places named after Jasper~Jasper County, Georgia; Jasper County, Illinois; Jasper County, Indiana; Jasper County, Iowa; Jasper County, Mississippi; Jasper County, Missouri; Jasper County, South Carolina; Jasper County, Texas; and the city of Jasper, Texas; City of Jasper, Alabama. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
4. Plaque
To the Heroic Memory of
SARGENT WILLIAM JASPER
who though mortally wounded
rescued the colors of his regiment
in the assault
on the British lines about this city
October 9th 1779
A century has not dimmed the glory
of the Irish American soldier
whose last tribute to civil liberty
was his noble life
1779-1879
Under Heavy Fire, Bravely Replaced The Flag image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Under Heavy Fire, Bravely Replaced The Flag
The ramparts of Fort Sullivan near Charleston where Jasper, under heavy fire, bravely replaced the flag
Bas Relief of the Liberation of Patriot prisoners image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
6. Bas Relief of the Liberation of Patriot prisoners
The liberation of Patriot prisoners by Jasper and a companion at what is now called Jasper Spring near Savannah
bas relief - the dying heroís last moments after the attack of October 9, 1779. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
7. bas relief - the dying heroís last moments after the attack of October 9, 1779.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,237 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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