Battlefield Memorial Park - Savannah, Ga
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 32° 04.559 W 081° 06.025
17S E 490522 N 3548862
Quick Description: On October 9, 1779, 8,000 soldiers from three different armies clashed for control of Savannah, Georgia's colonial capital. This is a memorial to those soldiers. It is located at the corner of Louisville Rd and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 10:30:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM3YAZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 79

Long Description:

From the Coastal Heritage Society web site:

"On October 9, 1779, 8,000 soldiers from three different armies clashed for control of Savannah, Georgia?s colonial capital. Entrenched inside the small city were roughly 2,500 British defenders who wanted to keep Savannah within the clutches of the crown. They faced down an Allied force of 5,500 French and American troops equally determined to bring the city back within the Revolutionary fold. But this was much more than a Revolutionary War battle; in fact, it represented a world-wide conflict that spilled over onto American shores, as soldiers from Haiti, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, and Poland took part in the fighting. When the smoke cleared, more than 800 troops were dead or wounded, and the city remained in British hands.

In 2003, the City of Savannah purchased the battlefield from the Norfolk Southern Railway, successor of the Central of Georgia Railway which built a facility on the land in the 1830s. Now the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society is working to finish the monument you see there now. Today?s Spring Hill Redoubt is a representation of the earthen fortification at the center of the fighting. Stand inside and imagine what it was like to face the French and American onslaught, or walk up the slope and imagine risking your life to climb over the wall. This memorial is being completed with more than $450,000 in private donations from members of the Savannah community with major support from the City of Savannah.

In August 2005, Coastal Heritage Society archaeologists found evidence of the original Spring Hill Redoubt nearby, including musket balls, gun parts, and traces of the original trench. Our modern-day memorial is positioned a safe distance away from this archaeological treasure.

In October 2007, Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson helped cut the ribbon on the almost-finished Battlefield Memorial Park. Now you can walk on the ground where hundreds fought and died for freedom.

The monument reads:

"Upon this spot stood the Spring Hill redoubt.

Here on October 9, 1779, one of the bloodiest engagements of the revolution was fought when repeated assaults were made by the allied troops of Georgia, South Carolina and France in an effort to retake Savannah from the British."

One of the stones in the field of stones reads:

"Cpt. Abraham Sheppard Lane 1757-1848

He served a total of 84 months in the Continental Line and in the North Carolina Militia, rising to the rank of Captain. He was wounded in the arm at the battle of Guilford Courthouse, NC. Lane is buried in the Abraham Sheppard Lane Cemetery in Jenkins County, Georgia.

Stone placed by Mills Bee Lane Memorial Foundation"

Type of Memorial: Multiple Elements

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