Chatham Artillery's

Chatham Artillery's (HM35J)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.856', W 81° 5.427'

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"Washington Guns"

These bronze cannon were presented to the Chatham Artillery by President Washington after his visit to Savannah in 1791. Of English and French make, respectively, they are excellent examples of the art of ordnance manufacture in the 18th century.

An inscription on the British 6 pounder states that it was "surrendered by the capitulation of York Town Oct. 19, 1781." The English cannon was cast in 1758 during the reign of George II and the royal insignia and motto of the Order of the Garter appear on its barrel.

The French gun was manufactured at Strasburg in 1756. On its elaborately engraved barrel appear the coat of arms of Louis XIV, the sun which was the emblem of that monarch, and a Latin inscription (which Louis XIV first ordered placed on French cannon) meaning "Last Argument of Kings." The dolphins were emblematic of the Dauphin of France. The gun was individually named "La Populaire."

Reminders of America's hard-won struggle for independence and of the great man who led the Continental forces in the Revolution, the historic "Washington Guns" were placed on public display here through co-operation of the Chatham Artillery and the City of Savannah.
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HM NumberHM35J
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number025-53_MARKE
Year Placed1982
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Marker
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:12pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491464 N 3549410
Decimal Degrees32.08093333, -81.09045000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.856', W 81° 5.427'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 51.36" N, 81° 5' 25.62" 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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