April 19, 2005

A GREAT DAY FOR DESCENDANTS OF
CAPTAIN JOHN CUTLER BRADDOCK


Thanks to the efforts of:
Georgia Historical Society 
Coastal Georgia Historical Society 
National Park Service 
Marshes of Glynn Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

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    Naval historian and author Virginia Steel Wood

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Bill Ramsaur, president of Marshes of Glynn Chapter SAR and  spearhead for getting the marker

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J. G. Braddock Sr. reading poem

 

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Proud descendant of Captain John Cutler Braddock, Reddon Clayton McLaurine

Descendants Linda Balsavage and Shirley Higginbotham (in light blue) with DAR friends from St. Augustine

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 Jean Mizell placing wreath for Braddock family.

Best wreath of all

 

APRIL 19, 1778
As he wrote with flourishing stroke,
Elbert rejoiced, and well he should:
His eyes beheld through clearing smoke
Raccoon Gut strewn with splintered wood,
And ragged stumps where mast had stood;
His galleys’ cannons well had spoke.

Hardee aboard the Washington,
Braddock commanding the Lee,
Hatcher on the Bulloch, these three,
Matched wit for wit and gun for gun
With awesome terrors of the sea
Until victory they had won.

None know how long St. Simon shook
From seeming endless cannon roar
Nor just how long the battle took;
But well we know the Hinchinbrook
And sloop Rebecca did no more
Terrorize the seas as before.

Britannica may rule the wave,
But not that day. To its regret
Goliath had its David met
In form of men who freedom crave
Enough to choose it or the grave
And make the payments on its debt.

J. G. (Jerry) Braddock,
4th great-grandson of John Cutler Braddock

Commander of the Lee Galley

 

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A few of the many proud descendants of John Cutler Braddock who were present

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