Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses

Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses (HM1D6O)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.424', W 81° 5.642'

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Through this square ran the southern line of defenses of the British who held Savannah from December 29, 1778 to July 11, 1782. After a siege of 22 days, at dawn of October 9, 1779, the strong western defenses on the line of the present West Broad Street, were assaulted by 3,500 French troops under
Charles Hector, Count D'Estaing,
who had come to Savannah flushed with his recent victories at St. Vincent and Grenada, and 1,500 Georgia, South Carolina and Continental troops under
Major General Benjamin Lincoln.
Brigadier General Lachlan McIntosh commanded one attacking American column and Col. John Laurens, of South Carolina, another. After three charges of unsurpassed bravery, in which Count D'Estaing was twice wounded, a retreat was sounded. In leading a charge of his American Legion, Brigadier General (Count) Casimir Pulaski was mortally wounded. Among the American dead were Major John Jones of Liberty County, GA. and Sergeant William Jasper. "This Heroic Action has given to the history of Savannah and the State of Georgia a chapter than which none is bloodier, braver or more noteworthy."

Erected by the City of Savannah and patriotic societies on October 9, 1929 the 150th Anniversary of the Assault. As a tribute to the valor and sacrifices of the allied French and American forces.
HM NumberHM1D6O
Year Placed1929
Placed ByCity of Savannah
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 12:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491125 N 3548612
Decimal Degrees32.07373333, -81.09403333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.424', W 81° 5.642'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 25.44" N, 81° 5' 38.52" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 W Harris St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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