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Hinesville in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Morris Cannon

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Fort Morris Cannon Marker
Inscription. This small cannon was a part of the armament of historic Fort Morris at Sunbury during the American Revolution. In November, 1778, a superior British force from Florida under Colonel Fuser of the 60th Regiment besieged the Fort. To the ultimatum to surrender the American Commander, Colonel John McIntosh, sent back the laconic reply: "COME AND TAKE IT". The enemy thereupon abandoned the siege and retired southward. In January, 1779, the British returned to Sunbury by water. Fort Morris was then under the command of Major Joseph Lane of the Continental army. Ordered by his superiors to evacuate Sunbury following the fall of Savannah, Lane found reasons to disobey and undertook to defend the post against the overwhelming British force under General Augustin Prevost. After a short but heavy bombardment the Fort surrendered on January 9, 1779, with its garrison of 159 Continentals and 45 militia.

This cannon, which was excavated at the site of the ruins of the famous Revolutionary fortification in 1940, stands here as a reminder of America`s hard-won struggle to achieve Independence.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 089-22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Fort Morris Cannon Marker

 
Location. 31° 50.864′ N, 81° 35.764′ W. Marker is in Hinesville, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and West Court Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Located at the Liberty County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Hinesville GA 31313, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Bradwell Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlton Hines House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hinesville Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bacon-Fraser House (about 700 feet away); Old Liberty County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bradwell Institute (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hinesville.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Morris State Park. (Submitted on July 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Morris Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Fort Morris Cannon Marker
Fort Morris Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Fort Morris Cannon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,487 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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