The Chatham Artillery is the oldest military organization of record in Georgia. Organized May 1, 1786, their first official duty was to pay tribute at the funeral of General Nathaniel Greene.
When George Washington visited Savannah, May 12, 1791. the Chatham Artillery saluted him with twenty-six discharges from their field pieces. The company found such favor in the President’s eyes that shortly the company received the gift of the “Washington Guns” captured at York-town, October 19, 1781.
The Washington Guns were fired to salute President James Monroe when he visited Savannah in May 1819 for the launching of the S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
These occasions were undoubtedly celebrated with Chatham Artillery Punch. No one is sure how the heady concoction originated but Chatham Artillery members believe that gentle ladies made up the first beverage. Then one by one officers of the Artillery sneaked in and added this and that, thus creating Savannah’s most noted drink in two centuries!
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