Guard and its website are your passport to the history, people, and
events that have served and contributed to Savannah, Georgia, and the
United States through war, depression, tragedy, and triumph.
component of the United States National Guard, the SVG traces its history
back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible
for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition
and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias. The
Savannah Volunteer Guards were formed from three Revolutionary Militia
Units, which had been chartered in 1751, and who fought in the American
Revolution. As such, the Guards can trace their history to 1751 and
have memorialized this lineage with the “British Lion” on
the Court of Arms and the Crest.
1801, Dr John Cumming of Savannah applied for the formation of a State
Militia Unit in Savannah, Georgia. The militia were to be used for Military
Service, Police, and Fire Protection as required for the protection
of citizens of the Savannah area. The charter was granted by the State
of Georgia on May 1,1802 and the Savannah Volunteer Guards were officially
information available on this website is largely due to the research,
efforts, and life work of Mr. Henry Kennedy of Savannah, Georgia. We
hope you will find it useful, informative, and exciting. We encourage
you to contact us if you
have additional knowledge of people, places, and events, that would
be of interest to those visiting that is not already included here.
Our intent is to chronicle the events and lives of those members of
the guard for historical, geneological, and educational purposes.
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in Memory of Colonel (Ret.) Henry James Kennedy