Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Savannah Volunteer Guards
As infantry the Corps fought in the War of 1812, Indian Wars and as a battalion in 1861, serving with distinction in defense of Savannah and Charleston. In the spring of 1864 joined Lee's Army at Petersburg. On April 3, 1865 serving in the rear guard on the retreat to Appomattox having been reduced to 85 men, 23 were killed, 35 wounded and remainder captured. Reorganized in 1872. Served as infantry battalion in the Spanish-American War, as a battalion of the 61 C.A.C in WW-I, and as 118th F.A. Battalion in WW-II where they were awarded 5 Battle Stars. Reorganized after WW-II and is now an active unit in the Georgia National Guard. This armory erected in 1892.
Erected by Savannah Volunteer Guards.
Location. 32° 4.387′ N, 81° 5.642′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull Street, on the left when traveling south. Near Madison Square, Armory is now part of Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Poetter Hall (here, next to this marker); Ogeechee Road (a few steps from this marker); Augusta Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemansonry (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Madison Square (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . The Fortresses of Savannah;The War Between the States .. by Jim Byous. "At the beginning of the Civil War a frenzied race for protection began; Inspecting the Volunteer Guard garrisoned there, General Lee watched as the men marched by with two ranked columns in double quick time. One "stout clumsy volunteer" marching in the lead platoon stumbled during a turning maneuver tripping the men around him. The rest of the platoon could not stop, and the soldiers ended up in a confused pile on the ground. The incident sparked 'inexhaustible laughter' from everyone around, including General Lee. In his gracious manner he still complimented the assembly by saying, 'If I had ten thousand such troops, I would not hesitate to meet a very much greater (Submitted on February 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,417 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2. submitted on November 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3. submitted on February 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on November 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.