Samuel Elbert

Samuel Elbert

Death 1 Nov 1788 (aged 47–48)
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Plot section A-65. Source:WPA Project 1937
Memorial ID 3600 · View Source
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US Revolutionary War Brigadier General, Georgia Governor. In 1775, he was a member of the Georgia council on safety and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Grenadier Guard. At the start of the Revolutionary War, he entered the Continental Army and was promoted to Colonel in September 1776. He commanded a battalion of Continental troops against the British in East Florida in 1777 and captured Fort Frederica at St. Simons Island, Georgia, in May 1778. At the Battle of Briar Creek, South Carolina in 1779, he was captured and taken prisoner. After his prisoner exchange he joined the Army under General Washington, took part in the Battle of Yorktown and promoted to Brigadier General in 1783. In 1784, he was elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress but declined to serve. He was elected Governor of Georgia in 1785 and appointed Major General of the Georgia State Militia in 1886, serving until his death. Elbert County, Georgia, is named in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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