Old Sorrel-Weed House

Old Sorrel-Weed House (HM38B)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.44', W 81° 5.637'

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A fine example of Greek Revival style, this building (completed in 1840 from the plans of Charles B. Cluskey, a well-known Georgia architect) shows the distinguished trend of Savannah architecture during the first half of the 19th century. The Mediterranean villa influence reflects the French background of the original owner, Francis Sorrel (1793- 1870), a shipping merchant of Savannah who as a child was saved by a faithful slave from the massacre of the white colonists in St. Domingo. The ante-bellum tradition of refinement and hospitality associated with the residence was continued after its purchase in 1859 by Henry D. Weed.

Here resided as a youth G. Moxley Sorrel (1838- 1901) who achieved fame as one of "Lee's Lieutenants." Shortly after war broke out in 1861 Sorrel, a young bank clerk in Savannah, proceeded to Virginia where with conspicuous valor and zeal through the major battles and campaigns in that theater from the First Mannassas to Petersburg and was thrice wounded. Sorrel became brig. general at the age of 26. Competent critics have called him "the best staff officer in the Confederate service." Gen. Sorrel's "Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer" is an absorbing account of his war experiences.
HM NumberHM38B
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-27
Year Placed1954
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:49pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491133 N 3548641
Decimal Degrees32.07400000, -81.09395000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.44', W 81° 5.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 26.40" N, 81° 5' 38.22" 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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