Former Home of Henry R. Jackson

Former Home of Henry R. Jackson (HM388)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.223', W 81° 5.703'

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Union Army Headquarters 1865

This building, now the quarters of a private Club, was erected in 1857 for Edmund Molyneux, British consul at Savannah, and served as his residence and as the Consulate until Molyneux's return to England in 1863. In 1865 the Molyneux house was appropriated by the Union Army as Headquarters for General O.O. Howard and his successor, General William F. Barry. Representatives of the family claimed that furnishings valued at more than $10,000, including part of the famous Molyneux wine cellar, were damaged or removed during the Federal occupation.

The mansion was purchased from the Molyneux family in 1885 by General Henry R. Jackson and was the home of that illustrious Georgian until his death in 1898.

Jackson equally distinguished himself as lawyer, soldier, diplomat and poet. He was Judge of the Eastern Circuit of Georgia (1849-1853) and in 1859 was special prosecutor for the United States in the celebrated case of the slave ship "Wanderer". He fought in the Mexican War and won distinction in the Confederate Army as a Brigadier General. He was Ambassador to Austria (1854-1858) and Minister to Mexico (1885-1886). A gifted poet, the best known of Jackson's poems is "The Red Old Hills of Georgia."
HM NumberHM388
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-19_MARKE
Year Placed1953
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491028 N 3548241
Decimal Degrees32.07038333, -81.09505000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.223', W 81° 5.703'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 13.38" N, 81° 5' 42.18" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450 Bull St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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