The following is taken from the historical maker appearing on site.

The Battle of Kettle Creek, fought 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 enroute to the British army then at Augusta. Patriots Col.
Andrew Pickens with 200 S.C. militia and Col. John Dooly and Lt. Colonel
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 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 broke and fled. Col. Boyd and 20 of his men were killed and
22 captured. Pickens and Dooly lost seven men 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."


Directions to Kettle Creek:
From GA 44 and US 78B/GA 10B, follow GA 44 west 8.3 miles, turn right and follow road for 1.2 miles, turn left and travel 1.3 miles, turn left on "War Hill Road" and follow for 1.2 miles to marker and site.



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