Historic Markers Across Florida

American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek May 17, 1777

Marker ID: FLHM F-827
Location: on the north side of Arnold Rd in the Seaton Creek Historic Preserve, Jacksonville, FL
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 31.318    W 081° 40.139
  30.52196666    -81.66898333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQ44C


American Revolutionary War
Battle of Thomas Creek
May 17, 1777

In May 1777, 400 soldiers from the Continental Army and 165 members of the Georgia militia organized in Sunbury, Georgia, just north of the Florida border for an expedition into British East Florida in retaliation for raids conducted by British Loyalists. Traveling by water, the Continentals encountered British troops at Amelia Island, which delayed their rendezvous with the Georgia militia who traveled by land. On May 17, a small force of 109 Georgia militia men was ambushed by a mixed force of British Army, Loyalist militia, and Native Americans near the mouth of Thomas Creek in Northeast Florida. Lieutenant Colonel John Baker of the Georgia forces and 41 of the Georgia militia men survived the battle. The encounter was the first major engagement and the second of three failed attempts by American forces to invade British East Florida. It is considered the southernmost battle of the American Revolutionary War.

F-827 The Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution,
The City of Jacksonville and the Florida Department of State