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Near Sylvania in Screven County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
General Samuel Elbert
 
General Samuel Elbert Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 16, 2005
1. General Samuel Elbert Marker
 
Inscription. Near this spot, March 3rd, 1779, General Samuel Elbert, then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Free and Accepted Masons, commanding 60 Continentals and 150 Georgia Militia, made one of the most gallant stands against overwhelming odds of the Revolutionary War. After General Ashe`s main army had been routed, the left wing under General Elbert was folded back against Brier Creek. With his back to the creek and surrounded on all other sides he attempted to turn the fortune of the battle by fighting his way through the British lines.
It was only after British reserves came up, and all hope of escape or victory had vanished that General Elbert surrendered the remnants of his courageous command. Of the 150 Americans killed in the entire battle more than half of them were General Elbert`s men.
It is said that when General Elbert was about to be killed he was recognized as a Mason by a British Officer who spared his life. In 1785 Past Grand Master Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia.
 
Erected 1954 by The Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons Marshall A. Chapman - Grand Master Daniel W. Locklin - Grand Secretary.
 
Location. 32° 48.651′ N, 81° 29.035′ W. Marker is near Sylvania
 
General Samuel Elbert Marker has a paint over in 2009 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 2009
2. General Samuel Elbert Marker has a paint over in 2009
 
, Georgia, in Screven County. Marker is on Brannen's Bridge Rd 0.1 miles west of Old River Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker adjoins the Georgia marker "Battle of Brier Creek - Mar. 3, 1779" in a small park at Brier Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Sylvania GA 30467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Brier Creek - Mar. 3, 1779 (a few steps from this marker); Wesleyanna Memorial Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Washington Slept Here (approx. 6.3 miles away); John Abbot (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Goodall House (approx. 8.1 miles away); The 14th Corps (approx. 8.1 miles away); Washington's Route (approx. 8.1 miles away); Jacksonboro (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel Elbert - New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
General Samuel Elbert Marker (r) shares location with Battle of Brier Creek Marker (l) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. General Samuel Elbert Marker (r) shares location with Battle of Brier Creek Marker (l)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 20, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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