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Bushnell honored in Warrenton, Ga.

Submaine designer and early Columbia County resident

Posted: July 1, 2014 - 11:07pm  |  Updated: July 10, 2014 - 1:01pm
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Members of the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard present flags at a ceremony in Warrenton, Ga., on Saturday to honor David Bushnell, an inventor and former Columbia County resident.  Michael Huebener
Michael Huebener
Members of the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard present flags at a ceremony in Warrenton, Ga., on Saturday to honor David Bushnell, an inventor and former Columbia County resident.

 

An early Columbia County resident and noted inventor was honored Saturday in Warren County.

The Warren County Chamber of Commerce honored David Bushnell, also known as Dr. David Bush, with a monument and ceremony.

Bushnell was inventor of the Turtle Submarine, the first Naval wartime submarine ever built.

Born in Connecticut, Bushnell moved to Columbia County in 1793 under the name Bush. He established a school in the county before moving to Warren County, where he was a practicing physician and county commissioner. He served on the board to make Warrenton a city.

The Atlanta chapter of Sons of the American Revolution led the ceremony that also included one of Bushnell’s descendents, Dr. E. Scott Bushnell of Florida.

The monument, which reads Bushnell on one side and Bush on the other, is in the center of the Warrenton City Cemetery. It was sculpted by artist Ron Clamp of Pelion, S.C., and includes the Turtle design and Bushnell’s biography.

The Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard presented flags and the Colonel Elijah Clarke Militia fired three shots from their muskets in Bushnell’s honor.

Officials hope to celebrate Bushnell and his contributions annually.

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