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Battle of Kettle Creek

Marker ID: GHM 157-15
Location: Northwest of Ga 44 intersection at War Hill on Kettle Creek
County: Wilkes
Coordinates: N 33° 41.447    W 082° 53.153
  33.69079    -82.88588
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6RFJ
Battle of Kettle Creek  Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


The Battle of Kettle Creek, fought here on February 14, 1779, was one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War in Georgia. At that time, the State was almost completely under British control. Col Boyd with 600 British sympathizers (Loyalists or Tories) crossed the Savannah River into present day Elbert County en route to the British Army then at Augusta. Patriots Col. Andrew Pickens with 200 S.C. militia and Col John Dooly and Lt. Col. Elijah Clark with 140 Georgia Militia marched to overtake the Loyalists. On the morning of the 14th, Boyd and his men were camped here at a bend in the then flooded Kettle Creek. Their horses were were grazing, sentries were posted, and most of the men were slaughtering cattle or searching for food. The Patriots attempted to attack the Loyalist camp by surprise but failed and a desperate battle raged on both sides of the creek for three hours before the Loyalists finally brokea and fled. Col. Boyd and 20 of his men were killed and 22 captured. Pickens and Dooly lost seven killed and 14 or 15 wounded. Pickens later wrote that Kettle Creek "was the severest check and chastisement, the Tories ever received in South Carolina or Georgia."


Battle of Kettle Creek monument
Battle of Kettle Creek
Photo by Ken Moser


Battle of Kettle Creek - The New Georgia Encyclopedia

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