Madison Square

Just a few steps away from the Sorrell-Weed House is Madison Square. The Square was named after the fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and features a statue of Revolutionary War Hero Sgt. William Jasper. This part of town is thought to be the location of one of the bloodiest battles in the Revolutionary War, the Siege of Savannah. Almost 300 soldiers died that day including Sgt. Jasper. Over 600 men were injured, and 25 were listed as missing. After the battle, the British forces buried the dead in a mass grave on the property that is now Madison Square. Apparitions of soldiers have been seen in the Square as well as the basement of the Sorrel Weed House across West Harris Street.

To the west, across Bull Street, is St. John’s Episcopal Church. Local legend has it that in 1864 when General Sherman and his troops occupied Savannah during the Civil War, women in the congregation rang the church bells throughout the night to keep them from getting any sleep. Sherman was undeterred and had the bells removed. However, it is far more likely that Sherman had the bells removed so they could be melted down and made into ammunition and cannons for the ongoing war.

Next to St. John’s is the Green-Meldrim House where Sherman made his headquarters until the end of the Civil war. After the Siege of Savannah, he sent a famous telegraph to President Lincoln offering the city to him as a Christmas present.

Madison Square is a hot bed for ghosts and apparitions. When you combine the dead from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars combined with the tragedy at the Sorrel Weed House you have a good chance of experiencing something if you are looking to interact with a spirit.

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