The Sergeant William Jasper Monument, unveiled in 1888, memorializes the Georgia Revolutionary War hero killed at the Siege of Savannah in October 1779 while attempting to rescue the colors of his regiment. Designed by Alexander Doyle of New York, the 5 1/2 foot bronze statue of Jasper portrays him holding the flag of the Second Regiment of South Carolina Continentals during the assault. He holds a sabre in his right hand, his hand pressed against the wound in his side. His bullet-ridden hat lies at his feet.
Bas relief panels on three sides of the monument present scenes from Jasper’s military career; his heroic actions at Fort Sullivan where his risked his life to save the flag, the liberation of Patriot prisoners, and his fatal wounding only a few yards northwest of the monument. A granite marker depicts the southern lines of British defense, and the cannon on the south of the monument pay tribute to Georgia’s first two highways.
Although Jasper is often remembered as an Irish-American hero, some historians have questioned his Irish heritage. No one has questioned his courage. His sacrifice is honored annually with the Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony, which includes a wreath laying at the monument. Eight counties and seven cities and towns across the nation have been named for this famed Revolutionary War hero.
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