Family reburies Revolutionary War Hero

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

MCINTOSH CO., GA (WTOC) - The McIntosh County Preservation Commission and the Sons of the Revolution State of Georgia reburied the remains of Col. John McIntosh.

The reburial took place Saturday at Mallow Plantation in McIntosh County.

The McIntosh family, historical societies from across Georgia, and others in the community gathered at the plantation for the reburial of the Revolutionary War hero.

Billy McIntosh is a direct descendent of the family.

"He was buried in 1826, and in 1848, there was a hurricane that hit McIntosh County; and he was washed into the Sapelo muddy banks. He was retrieved and reburied in 1849 in an incredible iron coffin that was only for the wealthy,"said McIntosh of the colonel.

It was later determined that mummified remains were that of McIntosh, who once lived with his family at Fairhope Plantation, where the body was found.

"Four years ago, he popped up again on his old plantation site, which was Fairhope, because of the eroding Sapelo River," McIntosh said.

After getting the state's approval, they are able to lay the national hero to rest.

"Something like this happening is amazing. I am sure this will never happen again. To get to rebury an ancestor from the Revolutionary period," McIntosh said.

The colonel was best known for defying the British and defending the U.S. with his famous phrase.

"When he said 'come and take it,' that inspired a lot of would be Americans during the Revolutionary War,"said Missy Brandt, chair of McIntosh County Historic Preservation Commission. She helped organize the historic reburial.

"He was important during his time and we wanted to continue the importance of that," Brandt said.

McIntosh is now buried near his wife and two of their children.

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