In this bi-weekly blog series, we're going to be answering these questions. Below is a list of a few Macon places, spaces, streets and buildings and how they came to be named.
Tattnall Square Park, Tattnall Square Academy, Tattnall Square Baptist Church, etc.
The Tattnalls are a distinguished family of Georgia who settled in Savannah in 1762. Josiah Tattnall served as the 25th governor of Georgia. When he was 18, the American Revolution broke out, and against his family's wishes, he took up arms against the British. He had a great military career which fueled his ascension to governorship.
Governor Tattnall's youngest son, Commodore Josiah Tattnall, had a distinguished military career himself, and gained notoriety for popularizing the phrase "Blood is thicker than Water" in America, used to defend his reasoning for assisting a British and French fleet struggling against the Chinese in 1895.