Jasper Spring

Jasper Spring (HM5XL)

Location: Savannah, GA 31415 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 5.378', W 81° 7.683'

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On this spot, according to long and persistent tradition, occurred one of Sergeant William Jasper's most famous exploits during the American Revolution. Here, in 1779, at the spring then located along the road to Augusta. Sergeant Jasper and Sergeant John Newton ambushed a detachment of ten British soldiers and liberated several Patriot prisoners who were being taken to Savannah.

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.
HM NumberHM5XL
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-48_MARKE
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 9:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 487916 N 3550378
Decimal Degrees32.08963333, -81.12805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.378', W 81° 7.683'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 22.68" N, 81° 7' 40.98" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-681 GA-25, Savannah GA 31415, US
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