Monument to James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah
Oglethorpe grew up in England and once served time in
prison for killing a man in a brawl. One of Oglethorpe's
friends died in debtor's prison. He later was elected to
Parliament and impressed many of England's elite.
Oglethorpe was appointed to a group of Englishmen who formed the
Prison Discipline Committee and they petitioned King George II
to give them a charter in the new world for a "Debtor's colony".
King George II signed the charter giving them lands between the
Altamaha and Savannah rivers. Oglethorpe traveled to the
colonies and selected a site of what is now the City of
Savannah. It was chosen because of it's good "defensive
nature with a bluff overlooking the river". Oglethorpe did
have to fight to defend the city when a force of Spanish and
Indians attacked in 1742, but the English colonists were able to
fight them off.
World War Monument on Victory Drive, Savannah, GA
Wright Square, Savannah, GA in 1903
Forsyth Park and fountain, Savannah, GA, in 1905
Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, GA
In this city cemetery, many of Savannah's prominent
citizens and a Governor are buried there.
Colonial Park, Savannah, GA
Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
The "Waving Girl's" house on Elba Island, Savannah, GA
Savannah's Waving Girl was Florence Martus, she lived
in this house with her brother for 40 years.
Forsyth Park Fountain, Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Bull Street looking North from Wright Square, Savannah,
The Pier at Wormsloe, Savannah, GA
Noble Jones sailed from England to Georgia in 1733 and
established Wormsloe Plantation. He was entrusted with the
responsibility of protecting the inland waterway into Savannah
from possible attacks by Spanish warships.
Nathaniel Greene Monument, Savannah, GA
This monument was erected in memory of Nathaniel
Greene, who was placed in command of the southern forces of the
American patriots in the Revolutionary War. Before Greene,
one American commander after another had failed in the war
effort and British troops had captured many important colonial
towns in the South, including Charleston and Savannah.
Under the command of Greene, forces eventually defeated British
General Cornwallis in a series of battles which doomed British
hopes in the southern colonies in the war. Greene was
buried in Savannah. Greene was born a Quaker, but when his
interest in military affairs became known, he was turned out of
the Quaker faith in 1773. He entered the American
revolutionary war as a militia private, the lowest rank, but
rose to be one of Gen. George Washington's most trusted
Jasper Monument and the Masonic Temple, Savannah, GA
American Sgt. William Jasper, in a dramatic moment in
the battle of Savannah, grabbed the flag to rally the American
troops. This monument memorializes that moment in the