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Johnson Square was the first of Savannah's squares and remains the
largest of the twenty four. It was named for Robert Johnson, colonial governor
of South Carolina. Interred in the square is Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene.
Greene died in 1786 and was buried in Savannah's Colonial Park Cemetery.
His son, George Washington Greene, was buried beside him after drowning
in the Savannah River in 1793. Following vandalism of the cemetery by
occupying Union forces during the Civil War the location of Greene's burial was lost. After
the remains were re-identified Greene and his son were moved to Johnson
Square. An obelisk in the center of the square now serves as a
memorial to General Greene.
Nathanael Greene Memorial
Johnson Square contains two fountains, as well as a sundial
dedicated to Colonel William Bull, the namesake of Savannah's Bull
Street. Bull was a South Carolinian who assisted Oglethorpe with the
establishment of Savannah and, as a surveyor, laid out the original
street grid. The sundial has four panels, one on each side of its square
granite base. The dial itself is bronze, set atop a marble shaft. One
of the base panels reproduces a 1734 map of Savannah.
Coconut Sugar Cookies
2 cups butter softened
cup flaked coconut
cups all-purpose flour
oven to 350 degrees. Beat 2 cups sugar,
the butter, coconut and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium
speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in
flour, baking soda and salt.
Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased
cookie sheet. Press bottom of glass
into dough to grease, then dip into sugar, press on shaped dough to flatten
slightly. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until
edges are golden brown. Remove cookie
sheet to wire rack. Yield: about 8 dozen cookies