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Near Elberton in Elbert County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Cherokee Ford

11 Feb. 1779

 
 
Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Larry Wilson, December 8, 2008
1. Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
In honor of the brave militia men under Robert Anderson, including Capt. William Baskin, Jr., James Little, John Miller, Joseph Pickens and Lt. Thomas Shanklin, who fought a superior Tory force led by Col. Boyd at the mouth of Van[n]'s Creek and the Savannah River. This encounter weakened Col. Boyd's Tories three days prior to the Battle of Kettle Creek.

[Marker Reverse]:
The first encounter with Col. Boyd occurred at the blockhouse where he was refused a quiet crossing of the Ford. The battle took place at the mouth of Van[n]'s Creek, 1.80 miles from this location.
 
Erected 2007 by Samuel Elbert Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 34° 9.901′ N, 82° 44.14′ W. Marker is near Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County. Marker can be reached from Ruckersville Road 7.5 miles from State Route 77. Click for map. The marker is located on the Richard B. Rucker State Park in Elbert County. It is approximate 10 miles from the City of Elberton on the Ruckersville Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: Richard B. Russell State Park, Elberton GA 30635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Draft picture of Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Larry Wilson, circa October 1, 2007
2. Draft picture of Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bartlett Tucker Family Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away in South Carolina); Vanís Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3 miles away); Gov. Heardís Grave (approx. 4.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Harpers Ferry Drowning (approx. 5.8 miles away in South Carolina); Lowndesville Veterans Monument (approx. 6 miles away in South Carolina); Lowndesville (approx. 6.1 miles away in South Carolina); "Old Dan Tucker" (approx. 6.4 miles away); Gov. Heardís Home (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elberton.
 
More about this marker. The marker is scheduled to be placed December 8th, 2007 and dedicated that day.
 
Additional comments.
1. The Battle of Cherokee Ford
The Battle of Cherokee Ford actually took place 3 miles upstream from Cherokee Ford on the banks of Wilkes County (now Elbert County) February 11, 1779. British Commander Col. Boyd elected to not clash at Cherokee Ford and proceeded to the mouth of Vann's Creek and the Savannah River where Boyd's men crossed. Boyd had anywhere from 500-700 men recruited from NC, SC, and GA to reinforce Col. Campbell in Augusta, but Patriot Capt. Robert Anderson and his 100-120 men intercepted Boyd at their
Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker near Mouth of Van(n)'s Creek image. Click for full size.
By James Larry Wilson, December 8, 2008
3. Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker near Mouth of Van(n)'s Creek
With the Marker are historians Steven Rauch (L), Stuart Lyle (sitting), and Robert Davis (RT).
crossing and consequently Boyd lost some 100 men either captured, wounded, killed, or deserted and thus this probably contributed to the defeat of Boyd and his Tories at the battle of Kettle Creek where Boyd was critically wounded.
    — Submitted September 13, 2008, by James Larry Wilson of Ruckersville, Georgia.

2. Vann's Creek battle site
The actual site of this Revolutionary War battle is under the waters of Lake Richard B. Russell. The GPS coordinates are shown on the monument.
    — Submitted May 25, 2009, by Charles B. Baxley of Lugoff, South Carolina.

 
Additional keywords. Elbert (then Wilkes), County
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Larry Wilson, December 6, 2008
4. Battle of Cherokee Ford Marker
Attorney Charles B. Baxley - main speaker at the Van(n)'s Creek Ceremony in Elbert County, GA. Dec 6, 2008. He is the editor and publisher of the on-line magazine, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, and gives battlefield tours and military staff rides. On his right, Reverend Jack R. Bozeman was presiding the ceremony.
 
 
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