The Chatham Artillery

The Chatham Artillery (HM8NP)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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N 32° 4.859', W 81° 5.432'

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On thefront,south side is inscribed:

Dedicate May 4, 1986
To honor the members of the
Chatham Artillery
Servants of God, Country,
State and Community

Soldiers in War
Patriots in Peace

On the east side is inscribed:

Chatham History 1786-1886
Organized May 1, 1786. Captain Edward Lloyd, former Sergeant Major at battle of Savannah was first commander. First duty in June 1786, was funeral honors for General Nathanael Greene.
Participated in Oconee wars 1789-1793. In 1792 George Washington, in appreciation for services rendered presented 2 cannon, one captured at Yorktown and one given by France. They are located on Bay Street east of City Hall.
Captain Josiah Tattnall was commander 1793-1794, later served in State Legislature, congress, and as Governor of Georgia.
In 1815 were federalized and assigned to Ft. Jackson on Savannah River. In May 1825 honor guard for Lafayette. In 1836 served in Florida during Second Seminole War.
In 1846 offered services in Mexican War, but not used. John Gallie commander 1849 later killed at Ft. McAllister in 1865. John Ward Commander 1855, served as Mayor and later as minister to China.
In 1861 were ordered into service of the Confederacy when Georgia seceded, called to participate in capture of Fort Pulaski by Governor Brown. In 1862-63 they occupied defensive positions around Coffee Bluff, Green Island, Skidway Island, Ft. Jackson. In 1863 ordered to Charleston, S. C., servred at Battery Wagner and Secessionville,S.C. In 1864 attached to 6th Georgia Regiment and participated in the successful repulse of Federal invasion of Florida at Battle of Olustee. In July 1864 they were sent back to Charleston. Early 1865 marched north to Greensboro, N. C. with General Johnson. They surrendered on April 26, 1865. Marched home as a unit.
Reorganized as State Militia on May 1, 1872. Celebrated on May1, 1886 the 100th anniversary with a week of gala affairs. General John B. Gordon was in attendance.

On the north side ( inscribed the names of the) Commanders and Presidents of the unit from 1786 through 1986.
Edward Lloyd???????? ??1786 1790
Thomas Elfe Jr?????????1790 1793
Josiah Tattnall Jr?????1793 1794
James Robertson????1794 1803
Benjamin Wall ?????????1803 1811
Richard M Stites ?????1811 1813
Robert Mackay? ???????1813 1815
William T Williams????1816 1824
Peter Blois????????????????1824 1826
Charles M King?? ?????1826 1832
Charles Stevens ?????1832 1849
John B Gallie?????? ?????1849 1855
John E Ward??? ?????????1855 1858
Joseph S Cleghorn??1858 1862
John F Wheaton???????1862 1895
additonal 30 names thru 1987

On the west side is inscribed:

Chatham History 1886-1986
During the period 1886-89 the Chathams were assigned local state duties. In 1888 purchased a site on Tybee for a club house and artillery practice. In 1889 joined other military units in memorial services for Jefferson Davis, firing a salute in his honor. In 1898 federalized for service in Spanish-American War. They served at Camp Northern in Griffin, GA. and at Camp Thomas in Chikamauga, GA. After nine months sent back to state control.
In 1916 Chathams were called for duty on the Mexican border to stop raids across the border by Pancho Villa. Trained at Camp Harris near Macon, GA. Five months training at El Paso, then released June 1917. Federalized for WW-I, training at Fort McPherson and Camp Wheeler, as part of the 31st Division. In July 1918 were sent to Camp Jackson, S.C. and then to France for combat duty with the Allied Forces.
In 1920 were reorganized as part of the First Field Artillery Regiment they were equipped with horse-drawn 75MM guns. In 1922 were redesignated as the118th Field Artillery Regiment, becoming a component of the 55th Field Artillery Brigade Georgia National Guard.
On September 16, 1940, were activated and sent to Ft. Jackson, S. C. as part of the 30th division. Sent to Camp Blanding, Fla. in 1942 and later to Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Arriving in England February 1944, they were trained extensively until D-Day plus four, when the division artillery was attached to the 29th Division for a short period, landing at Omaha Beach.
Were reunited with 30th Div. for the duration of War. The Chathams participated in all major battles from Normandy to Elbe River when Germany surrendered May 9, 1945. Major battles were St. Lo, Mortain, where Germans were stopped in their thrust to the coast; Domfront, breaching Siegfried Line; Battle of Bulge. Current assignment is HHB 118th FA. BDE, Georgia Army National Guard.
HM NumberHM8NP
Year Placed1986
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 8:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491456 N 3549415
Decimal Degrees32.08098333, -81.09053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.859', W 81° 5.432'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 51.54" N, 81° 5' 25.92" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 228 E Upper Factors Walk, Savannah GA 31401, US
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