Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
While no contemporary confirmation of Jasper's feat exists (it was first publicized by Parson Weems in 1809 in his Life of Gen. Francis Marion), the exploit was in every way characteristic of the immortal sergeant. An illustration of his courage and resourcefulness is found in the following item published in the VIRGINIA GAZETTE (Williamsburg), May 15, 1779: " The brave sergeant Jasper . . . has lately given a new proof of his courage and address: He, with another serjeant,(Sic), a few days ago, crossed the Savannah river, took, and brought to Major General Lincoln`s headquarters, two Captains, named Scott and Young, of the British troops in Georgia."
Sergeant Jasper was mortally wounded, Oct. 9, 1779, while heroically bearing the colors of the 2nd South Carolina Continental Regiment in the assault on the British entrenchments at Savannah.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 5.378′ N, 81° 7.683′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Augusta Avenue. Touch for map. Across from I-516 On Ramp. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31415, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jasper Spring (here, next to this marker); Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Great Dane Dog (approx. one mile away); Birthplace of John C. Frémont (approx. 1.8 miles away); Andrew Bryan (approx. 1.8 miles away); Storehouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Central of Georgia (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . From Wikipedia. Sergeant Jasper first distinguished himself in the defense of Fort Moultrie on June 28, 1776. (Submitted on July 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, US Revolutionary •
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