Publication of the Rockdale County Genealogical Society

                                                                                       May, 2007

                           May 20, Meeting

The Rockdale County Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, May
20, 2007, at 3:00 P.M., at the Nancy Guinn Library, 864 Green Street,
Conyers, GA.

The program will be “The Family History Library. What it has to offer
the general public, and it’s future” presented by Chris Zawadzki,
Director, Conyers Family History Library, LDS Church, Flat Shoals,
Conyers, GA.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. There are no monthly
dues, but donationsare accepted. For information call 770-922-5680
or e-mail


                Library Visitors List Names Researched

W. J. Bussell, Stone Mountain, Ga. Doing cemetery reseearch

Gordon Hart, Oxford, Ga. Researching Harrison, Tacber; also, researching
Taylor County.

Sherrie Worley, Conyers, Ga. No names given

Deanna Parker, Stockbridge, Ga. No names given.

Donald Freeman, 113 South Broad St., Bowman, Ga. 30624-1939. No names

Benny Stephenson, 815 Pleasant Hill Rd. NW., Conyers, Ga. 30012. No
names given

Alfred David Garrett, 905 Stormy Ln., Jonesboro, Ga. 30238 No names

Carol Buhler, 1366 Springwood Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30012. Researching
Bird, Moon, Campbell, Higginbotham.

Amanda Young, 1410 Humphries Rd., Conyers, Ga. No names given.

Ayanna Mthis, 1025 A. Locust Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30012. No names given.

Janet & Bill Eubanks, 5024 Stonearbor Dr., Pinson, Al 35126. Researching
Eubanks and Sims.

       Revolutionary War Sites in Georgia



Battles. In the War of the Revolution many battles and skirmishes
were fought on Georgia soil.

Following is a list of these engagements: Fights occurred at Augusta;
Beards’ Bluff; Baillon’s Causeway; Beard’s Creek; Belfast; Brewton’s
Hill; Brier Creek; Broad river; Brownsborough; Buck-head Creek; Bull
Town Swamp; Burke Co. Jail; Carr’s Fort; Cherokee Ford; Cockspur Island;
Ebenezer; Etowah river; Fishing Creek; Forts Charlotte, Cornwallis,
Heard, Mclntosh, Morris and Tybee; Fulsum’s Fort; Galphin’s; Gibbons’
Plantation; Hawk’s Creek; Herbert’s Place; Hickory Hill; Kettle Creek;
Lockhart’s; Matthews’ Bluff; Medway Church; Ogeechee Ferry; Paris’
Mill”; Riceboro; Savannah; Sharon; Sunbury; Tybee Island; White House;
Wiggin’s Hill; Wright’s Fort; Yamacraw Bluff, Mar. 4, 1776; and Yamassee

The capture of Savannah, Ga., by the British, Dec. 29, 1778.

Capture of Augusta, Ga., by the British, Jan. 1779. Battle of Kettle
Creek, Feb. 14, 1779.

Capture of Charleston, S. C., by the British, May 12, 1780. (Many
Georgians fled to S. C. after the capture of Savannah, when Ga. was
overrun by the British and the Tories.)

Surrender of the British at Yorktown, Oct. 19, 1781.

Savannah, Ga., evacuated by the British, Nov. 3, 1781.
Treaty of Peace, July 2, 1782, and formally ratified at Versailles,
Sept. 3, 1783.

The withdrawal of British forces from Savannah, Ga., began on July
11, 1783. On that day Col. James Jackson, at the head of the Colonial
forces, marched in and took possession of Savannah. This place had
been in the hands of the enemy for three years, six months, and thirteen

It was not until Sept. 3, 1783, that definitive treaties between England,
France, and America were finally ratified. Thus success crowned the
American Revolution and the terrible War for Independence was ended.
In the eyes of all Europe the thirteen Colonies were free and Independent

     Research Into the Locations of the Battles

Beards’ Bluff is located in Long County along the northeast bank of
the Altamaha River just below the entrance of Beards Creek. The river
forms the boundary between Long and Tatnall Counties.

Bailon’s Causeway; this is probably along the Savannah River. No information
is included in the place names.

Belfast is located in Bryan County seven miles south of Richmond Hill.
The Belfast River is located in lower Bryan County. It was named for
the city in Northern Ireland.

Brewton’s Hill is not named; however, there is a town in Laurens County
named Brewton. A railroad station was established here in 1884. This
is well after the date of the battle and may not be the same place.

Brier Creek is spelled Bryar Creek on a 1780 map. It flows southeasterly
through Screven County and enters the Savannah River east of Sylvania.
This battle was fought on March 3, 1779. There is a historical marker.

Broad River is in Elbert County. It runs along the south border of
the county. It has had several names. There are also other streams
called Broad River. One so named is mentioned in the history of Wilkes
County. This may be the same place. It is uncertain if this the site
of the battle.

Brownsborough or Brownsberg was fought after and close to Kettle Creek.

Buckhead Creek is not mentioned; however, there are two Buckheads.
One is in North Fulton; the other in Morgan County. There is a Buck
Creek in Schley County.

Bull Town Swamp is not named in any reference.

Burke County Jail is a site in Burke County, one of the original Georgia
Counties. It was originally the Parish of St. George on the Savannah

Carr’s Fort is in Glynn County located four and one half miles northwest
of Brunswick on the north bank of the Turtle River. Built by Mark
Carr, it was originally called Hermitage Plantation.

Cherokee Ford could not be a site in or near present Cherokee County.
It was not ceded until 1835.

Cockspur Island is in Chatham County. There was a fort there in 1764
called Cockspur Fort which was on the mouth of the Savannah River.
Fort Pulaski is also there. This may be a later name.

Ebenezer is a site that was established by the Salzburgers from Germany
in 1734. It was located thirty-four miles from Savannah on a ridge
called Red Bluff near the present town of Springfield. It was used
as the county seat of Effingham County and later briefly as the capital
of Georgia in 1796. By the year 1855 there were only two residences
here. The Jerusalem Church is now a museum and is the only structure
still standing.

Etowah River rises in the mountains of Lumpkin County. It and the
Oostanaula River form the Coosa River where they merge at Rome, Georgia.
It seems unlikely that a battle was fought in North Georgia.
Fishing Creek is in Jones County. It joins the Oconee at Milledgeville
in Baldwin County.

Fort Charlotte is not named nor is Charlotte in the place names of

Fort Cornwallis is in Augusta. It was known as Oglethorpe’s old Fort

Heard is a not the site of Heard County. It is rather Heard’s Fort
in Wilkes County. It was the seat of government in Georgia during
the revolution. The name was changed to Washington, Georgia in 1780.
McIntosh was a fort called Fort McIntosh in Camden County on the Satilla
River. It was known to be the only Georgia fort to surrender to the
enemy and allow its men to be captured. It was named for General Lachlan
McIntosh, the commander of the Georgia Battalion. It was built by
Colonel William McIntosh, his brother. General McIntosh killed Button
Gwinnett in a duel.

Morris is known as Fort Morris in Liberty County on the Midway River
near the town of Sunbury which it was designed to protect. This was
fought on Jan. 9, 1779. It is seven miles east of I-95 off U. S. 84
(Ga. 38) also Sunbury Cemetery.

Fulsum’s Fort is not named; however, there is a Fulsam’s Creek which
was named for Captain Benjamin Fulsam (or Folsom). He was killed by
Indians who burned his building or fort. It is in Hancock County.

Galphin is actually Fort Galphin which was located on the South Carolina
side of the Savannah River below Augusta at Silver Bluff two miles
below Augusta. The battle was fought on March 20, 1781.
Gibbons Plantation is not named in any of the references.
Hawk’s Creek is near Augusta.

Herbert’s Place was the location of a battle a few days after the
battle at Kettle Creek.

Hickory Hill was a plantation owned by James Butler in Liberty County
(later Bryan County) on the Ogeechee River. This battle was fought
in June 1779.

Kettle Creek is in Oglethorpe County. This is the most famous Georgia
Revolutionary War site. It was a crushing defeat for the British.
It was fought on Feb. 14, 1779. It is eight miles from
It is eight miles from Washington, Ga. There is a historical marker.

Lockhart’s is not mentioned in any of the references.

Matthew’s Bluff is not mentioned.

Medway Church is in Liberty County; also a river and community.

Ogeechee Ferry may have been on the Ogeechee River in Chatham County
near where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. This was the last battle
fought in Georgia.

Paris Mill may be in Emanuel County where the county seat is named
Paris. It was a severe defeat for the patriots with three hundred
forty men lost.

Riceboro is in Liberty County, a stop on the Seaboard Airline Railroad
fifteen miles southeast of Hinesville.

Sharon may the town by this name in Taliaferro County although it
was only incorporated in 1884.

Sunbury is or was in Liberty County. See Morris above. It ceased to
function in 1825. At one time it was a very important center. It is
known as the birthplace of Lyman Hall. It was totally destroyed by
General Sherman in 1864.

Tybee Island is on the Georgia Coast. The battle of the rice boats
was here, one of the earliest battles. There is a historical marker.

White House is on Spirit Creek above Augusta. It was first known as
Seymour’s Trading Post. It is at 1822 Broad St., Augusta, GA.

Wiggin’s Hill is not shown in any of the references.

Wright’s Fort is in Camden County on St. Mary’s River in vicinity
of Scrubby Bluff per History of Camden County.

Yamascraw Bluff is in Chatham County. This is the location where Oglethorpe
first landed when he established the City of Savannah.

Yamassee Bluff is not named.

                         Brier Creek Marker   

      Historical Markers of Battle Sites

      And Burial Sites of Heroes of the Revolution

(Brier Creek)    Click Here
(kettle Creek)  Click Here for Kettle Creek Marker

(Gen. Lachlan McIntosh & Wright Square & Col. James McIntosh & General
Samuel Elbert & Others in Colonial Park Savannah) Click Here for the Cemetery Markers

A history of Georgia on-line is at:
Click Here to read the history

 Research for the Revolutionary Battles in Georgia was taken from
the following books:

"Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia" (DAR publication)
"A History of Georgia" (2 Volumes) GA R 975.802 STE
"This Is Your Georgia" by Bernice McCuller GA R 975.8009
"Georgia Place Names" by Kenneth K. Krakow GA $ 917.58 KRA

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