Historic Markers Across Georgia

Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745—1808)

Marker ID: GHM 025-55
Location: Located along the west fence within Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.511    W 081° 05.442
  32.075183    -81.0907
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMWGE
Capt. Denis N. Cottineau (1745—1808) Marker  


This grave links Savannah with one of history´s greatest naval dramas -- the epic fight in 1779 between the ´Bon Homme Richard´ and ´Serapis´ in which John Paul Jones immortalized himself.
Denis Nicolas Cottineau de Kerloguen received a commission in the Continental navy during the American Revolution. Commanding the slow sailing ´Pallas´ during the famous naval engagement of Sept. 23, 1779, Capt. Cottineau, by skillful seamanship, forced H.M.S. ´Countess of Scarborough´ to strike her colors. He was subsequently wounded in a duel with another officer, Pierre Landais, against whom Commodore Jones made serious charges after the battle.

Cottineau later settled in the French West Indies. During the slave insurrection in San Domingo he fled to Pennsylvania where he joined several fellow French refugees in establishing a colony. Suffering from a ´lingering illness,´ he came to Savannah early in 1808. Capt. Cottineau died here, Nov. 29 of that year, at the residence of the Abbe Carles. Cottineau´s widow was the sister of the Marquis de Montalet who once owned the Hermitage plantation near Savannah.

In 1928 Ambassador Paul Claudel of France knelt in homage here at the grave of the gallant Frenchman who helped establish the prestige of the infant American navy.

GHM 025-55 Georgia Historical Commission 1957


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