Wilkes County hosting annual event to honor Battle of Kettle Creek

An annual event to observe a Revolutionary War skirmish in Georgia soon will take place in Wilkes County.

 

“Revolutionary Days,” an event to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek, takes place over three days with the major events occurring on Saturday in downtown Washington and at the battle site located on the outskirts of the city.

On Friday, walking tours of the battle site take place with a U.S. Army Military historian providing battle details. Also, the Washington Historical Museum and the Robert Tooms Home will be open for free tours.

On Saturday, the daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with a musket salute by the Georgia Society Sons of the Revolutionary War Elijah Clarke Military Honor Guard.

There will also be historical performers on the city square with demonstrations. Also at 10 a.m., the color guard and militia will gather at the Revolutionary War monument to honor the Wilkes County Militia. A parade through downtown begins at 10:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m. a reenactment takes place giving a portrayal of the battle at the Fort Washington Park behind the Wilkes County Courthouse.

At 2:30 p.m., a formal laying of the wreaths will take place with participation from several groups at the battlefield site.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, a memorial service honoring the Wilkes County Militia begins at 9 a.m. at Phillips Mill Baptist Church, 5479 Greensboro Road, Washington. The service is open to the public.

The battle occurred on Feb. 14, 1779, when 340 militiamen from South Carolina and Georgia battled with 600 Tories, people remaining loyal to the British Empire. The Americans were led by Col. Andrew Pickens of South Carolina and Col. John Dooley and Lt. Col. Elijah Clarke of Georgia.

The site is a park today with monuments erected by the federal government in 1930 and the state in 1979.

 

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