Tag Archives: The American Revolution in South Georgia

Signers Monument, 1848, Augusta

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This 50-foot obelisk is Georgia’s monument to her three signatories to the Declaration of Independence: Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett, and George Walton. It was designed by Robert French. Initial plans were to bring the remains of the three men to this site and re-inter them beneath the obelisk, and while this was a relatively simple task in relation to Hall and Walton, the remains of Button Gwinnett proved to be impossible to conclusively locate. So, Hall and Walton are buried here, but Gwinnett remains somewhere in Savannah.

Signers Monument Augusta GA Lyman Hall George Walton Button Gwinnett Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Augusta Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Griffin-Bradford Monument, 1976, Lax

Irwin County GA Revolutionary War Griffin Bradford Monument Oak Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Set amongst stately old oaks and pines, this monument was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1976 to honor the memory of two of Irwin County’s pioneer settlers and veterans of the American Revolution. Corporal James Griffin and Lieutenant Thomas Bradford lived and were buried near this site. Both families are still well-represented in the county today.

Irwin County GA Revolutionary War Griffin Bradford Monument Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

James Griffin was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1753. He enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 and made the rank of corporal in 1777, seeing action at Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and Guilford Courthouse. After migrating first to Burke and then Montgomery counties with his wife Sarah Lodge (b. October 23, 1766, d. between August 22, 1853 and March 4, 1854) they finally settled in Irwin County in 1827.

His close friend for many years, Thomas Bradford, and Thomas’s wife are also buried here.  I’ve been unable to locate further information on Lieutenant Bradford, but some of his children married into the family of Corporal Griffin.

Irwin County GA Revolutionary War Corporal James Griffin Lieutenant Thomas Bradford Monument Oak Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The historical marker reads: This Historic Marker Erected by Descendants of Corporal James Griffin 1753-1836 and Lieutenant Thomas Bradford 1756-1840. These Revolutionary War Heroes were both Born in Edgecombe County, N. C. and their remains are near this site where they settled these lands in the early 1800’s.

More about Corporal Griffin can be found at Find A Grave.

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Beards Bluff, Long County

Beard's Bluff Altamaha River Long County GA Fog Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

An important frontier post was located here during the Revolutionary War. A company of light cavalry stationed here was mostly involved in skirmishes with Native Americans; one such engagement, in December 1776, saw a number of men killed and buried in unmarked graves nearby.

Beard's Bluff Altamaha River Long County GA Sand Bar Fog Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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