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Near Jakin in Early County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold

 
 
Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 17, 2012
1. Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker
Inscription. At Saffold, “accessible by steamboats from all points on the river”, David S. Johnston operated the Southern Confederate States Navy Yard. Here the gunboat Chattahoochee was built under contract signed October 19, 1861. Lt. Catesby ap R. Jones, CSN, formerly executive and ordinance officer aboard the Virginia (Merrimack) and her commander during a portion of her battle with the Monitor, was ordered in July, 1862, to Saffold to supervise completion of the Chattahoochee and to assume command of this gunboat. Lt. Jones remained with the Chattahoochee until January 1863.

May 27, 1863, the Chattahoochee, J.J. Guthrie, Lieutenant Commanding, determined to recapture the Schooner Fashion captured by the Federals below Blountstown, Fla., on the Apalachicola River. A boiler on the Chattahoochee exploded, killing sixteen of her crew. Sunk to her decks after the explosion, she was raised and taken to Columbus for repairs and destroyed there by Confederates at the close of the war.

Lt. J.J. Guthrie also commanded the Naval forces at Saffold during a portion of the War Between the States.
 
Erected 1961 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 049-9.)
 
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Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 17, 2012
2. Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 6.727′ N, 85° 1.898′ W. Marker is near Jakin, Georgia, in Early County. Marker is at the intersection of Hugh D. Broome Sr. Parkway (U.S. 84) and Confederate Naval Yard Road, on the right when traveling east on Hugh D. Broome Sr. Parkway. Touch for map. The marker is adjacent to the east-bound lanes of US Highway 84 a divided highway at this point. Marker is in this post office area: Jakin GA 39861, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gordon Baptist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away in Alabama); Gordon Cemetery / Early Gordon Leaders (approx. 5 miles away in Alabama); Liberty Baptist Church (approx. 9.3 miles away in Alabama); Seminole County (approx. 10 miles away); City of Donalsonville (approx. 10 miles away); Sowhatchee Elementary School (approx. 12 miles away); Covered Bridge 2 Mi. (approx. 12.4 miles away); Hilton United Methodist Church (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold. In Lt. Catesby ap Roger Jones' name, "ap" is a Welsh patronymic meaning "son of." His father was Major General Roger ap Catesby Jones; his mother was a descendant of William Byrd (of Westover in Virginia) and
Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 17, 2012
3. Confederate Navy Yard, Saffold Marker
Looking west on US 84 toward the bridge over the Chattahoochee River and the Alabama State Line (just visible in the distance).
Robert "King" Carter, and a cousin of General Robert E. Lee.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Navy Yard Sign image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 17, 2012
4. Confederate Navy Yard Sign
The sign is at the same intersection, on the opposite side of Confederate Naval Yard Road from the marker. No trace of the Naval Yard remains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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