Fort Morris Cannon

Fort Morris Cannon (HM5PH)

Location: Hinesville, GA 31313 Liberty County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 50.864', W 81° 35.764'

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This small cannon was a part of the armament of historic Fort Morris at Sunbury during the American Revolution. In November, 1778, a superior British force from Florida under Colonel Fuser of the 60th Regiment besieged the Fort. To the ultimatum to surrender the American Commander, Colonel John McIntosh, sent back the laconic reply: "COME AND TAKE IT". The enemy thereupon abandoned the siege and retired southward. In January, 1779, the British returned to Sunbury by water. Fort Morris was then under the command of Major Joseph Lane of the Continental army. Ordered by his superiors to evacuate Sunbury following the fall of Savannah, Lane found reasons to disobey and undertook to defend the post against the overwhelming British force under General Augustin Prevost. After a short but heavy bombardment the Fort surrendered on January 9, 1779, with its garrison of 159 Continentals and 45 militia.

This cannon, which was excavated at the site of the ruins of the famous Revolutionary fortification in 1940, stands here as a reminder of America`s hard-won struggle to achieve Independence.
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HM NumberHM5PH
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number089-22
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 3:42pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 443605 N 3523713
Decimal Degrees31.84773333, -81.59606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 50.864', W 81° 35.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 50' 51.84" N, 81° 35' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Main St, Hinesville GA 31313, US
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