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The Georgia Volunteer

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Savannah markersMemorial and Statue
The Georgia Volunteer

Location: In park at Park Ave & Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Visited: August 13, 2009, 8:20am

Transcriptions of markers:

East face:

In grate­ful remem­brance of
Stephen N. Harris
who served his coun­try well
as a sol­dier and cit­i­zen
Private, Co. B 2nd Ga. Infantry
Cdr. Worth Bagley Camp No. 10 Dept. Ga. U.S.W.V.
Commander Dept. of Ga. U.S.W.V
1900       1931
Adj. Gen. United Spanish War Veterans
1928       1929
Chief of Staff, Council Of Adm. Ga. U.S.W.V.
1937       1938
His char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship inspired his
com­rades and fel­low citizens.

North face: [Spanish War Veterans’ insignia]

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West face:
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A trib­ute to that
Soldier · Comrade · Citizen
William L. Grayson
1870       1941
1st. Lieut. Co. “M” 1st Regt. Ga. Vols.
Spanish American War
Commander Department of Georgia U.S.W.V.
1925 — 1927
National Commander in Chief U.S.W.V.
1928 — 1929
His dis­tin­guished ser­vice has endeared him
to all vet­er­ans of all wars

South face (front):

To those
Georgians who
vol­un­teered and
served their
coun­try in the
Spanish American

My impres­sions: This marker was high on my “want to visit” list for our trip to Savannah, because I found out about this through find­ing a Spanish-American War memo­r­ial in Portsmouth, VA and the link­age made by an edi­tor of The Historical Marker Database to other mark­ers that fea­ture The Hiker, by sculp­tor Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson.

Savannah markersIt is kind of amaz­ing to see some­thing famil­iar and appar­ently unique (until one learns the fuller story) in two dif­fer­ent set­tings, nearly 500 miles apart. And that isn’t dimin­ished too much by the fact that I knew I would see it and had planned the visit in Savannah.

I remem­ber, early on in my days at Markeroni see­ing some­body refer to “their marker,” a marker near their home with which they felt a strong affin­ity. At the time, before I’d started being inten­tional about snarf­ing (and before I’d logged any mark­ers on the site), I didn’t really under­stand it. It clicked in for my last month, as I was in Portsmouth, VA for about the third time to find mark­ers. That day I was “on a mis­sion” to com­plete vis­it­ing a series of mark­ers (for the city’s Path of History), but my walk­ing route took me past sev­eral mark­ers that I’d pre­vi­ously snarfed…and there was a famil­iar­ity that made it almost as though I was pass­ing an old friend, because I had vis­ited these mark­ers, taken their pho­tos, tran­scribed them, and writ­ten about them. So, stand­ing in a park in Savannah, the first time I’d ever done more than drive through the state of Georgia, I felt at home…even though, I still know woe­fully lit­tle about the Spanish-American War.

Markeroni sta­tus: Not yet logged (and it appears I also did not log the sim­i­lar mon­u­ment in Portsmouth, VA yet).

Credit: Thanks to and their page on this mon­u­ment for their tran­scrip­tions of this marker.

Kitson’s “The Hiker”

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It’s amaz­ing how great the Internet is for find­ing infor­ma­tion that you didn’t even know you were miss­ing. I’ve men­tioned Markeroni reg­u­larly on these pages, but I haven’t yet men­tioned The Historical Marker Database or HMDB (except for adding a link to the sidebar).


Photo: Howard C. Ohlhous, 2007. Courtesy of

Schenectady, NY. Photo: Howard C. Ohlhous, 2007. Courtesy of

Yesterday, though, I learned through the exper­tise of one of their edi­tors about links between a war memo­r­ial I had vis­ited in Portsmouth, VA and oth­ers across the coun­try. Almost two months ago, I saw a memo­r­ial com­mem­o­rat­ing those who served in the Spanish-American War. But through an editor’s links, I found that the depic­tion on that 1942 mon­u­ment, ded­i­cated to those who vol­un­teered from Portsmouth and from Norfolk County, was actu­ally some­what famous.

Their data­base includes exam­ples from three other places:

  • Schenectady, NY, ded­i­cated in 1921 (and reded­i­cated in 1996) to honor those who served from Schenectady County;
  • Savannah, GA. Photo: Mike Stroud, 2008. Courtesy of

    Savannah, GA. Photo: Mike Stroud, 2008. Courtesy of

  • Savannah, GA (a city my wife and I will be vis­it­ing next month), erected in 1931 to honor those who vol­un­teered from Georgia; and
  • Arlington, VA. Photo: Richard E. Miller, 2008. Courtesy of

    Arlington, VA. Photo: Richard E. Miller, 2008. Courtesy of

  • Arlington, VA, where it has stood in Arlington National Cemetery (where my wife and I attended a bur­ial ear­lier this year) since 1965.

According to Wikipedia, there are many more copies around the coun­try, with esti­mates of 39 in an arti­cle on another exam­ple to roughly fifty, accord­ing to the arti­cle on the sculp­tor, Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson (1871 – 1932). Born in Brookline, MA, she was denied entry to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, because she was female. She started study­ing with sculp­tor Henry Hudson Kitson in 1886 and went on to marry him. Kitson was the first woman to be admit­ted to the National Sculpture Society.

So next month, when we go to Savannah, I think I’ll have to see if I can get to this marker. And I’ll def­i­nitely be keep­ing my eyes open online to see what else I can learn about his­tory (and his­tor­i­cal mark­ers) from others!

It’s amaz­ing what you can learn from the Internet these days!

On Monday, this blog will con­tinue our trip towards Yorktown and later in the week, we’ll travel from there to Jamestown on the Colonial Parkway. I hope you’ll join us.