Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808)

Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745-1808) (HM30R)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.506', W 81° 5.455'

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This grave links Savannah with one of history's greatest naval dramas - the epic fight in 1779 between the "Bon Homme Richard" and "Serapis" in which John Paul Jones immortalized himself.Denis Nicolas Cottineau de Kerloguen received a commission in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution. Commanding the slow sailing "Pallas" during the famous naval engagement of September 23, 1779, Capt. Cottineau, by skillful seamanship, forced H.M.S. "Countess of Scarborough" to strike her colors. He was subsequently wounded in a duel with another officer, Pierre Landais, against whom Commodore Jones made serious charges after the battle.

Cottineau later settled in the French West Indies. During the slave insurrection in San Domingo he fled to Pennsylvania where he joined several fellow French refugees in establishing a colony. Suffering from a "lingering illness," he came to Savannah early in 1808. Capt. Cottineau died here, Nov. 29 of that year, at the residence of Abbe Carles. Cottineau's widow was the sister of the Marquis de Montalet who once owned the Hermitage plantation near Savannah.

In 1928 Ambassador Paul Claudel of France knelt in homage here at the grave of the gallant Frenchman who helped establish the prestige of the infant American Navy.
HM NumberHM30R
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-55
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 3:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491419 N 3548763
Decimal Degrees32.07510000, -81.09091667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.506', W 81° 5.455'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 30.36" N, 81° 5' 27.30" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 225 Abercorn St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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