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south of Callahan in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Thomas Creek

 
 
Battle of Thomas Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Battle of Thomas Creek Marker
Inscription. When the American War of Independence began, the new British colonies of East and West Florida did not seek separation from England. East Florida remained comparatively free from serious fighting throughout the course of the Revolutionary War. In the summer of 1777, however, Americans initiated an invasion aimed at capturing St. Augustine. The expedition was composed of Continental Army troops and Georgia militia forces under the command of Lt. Col. Samuel Elbert. Preparations for the defense of east Florida involved the East Florida Rangers, a force of mounted provincials, British Regulars, and Indian allies. On May 17, 1777, a portion of the invading American expedition was attacked by a detachment of British Regulars under Maj. J.M. Prevost assisted by Rangers under Col. Thomas Brown and Indians. The battle took place at a site on Thomas Creek south of its confluence with the Nassau River. After suffering heavy casualties, the Americans, already discouraged by lack of supplies and the heat, began their retreat from Florida. Only one more unsuccessful invasion of East Florida occurred during the remaining years of the American Revolution.
 
Erected 1975 by Florida Society, Children of the American Revolution in Cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-236.)
 
Location.
Battle of Thomas Creek Marker, looking south along U.S.1, at Thomas Creek image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 15, 2011
2. Battle of Thomas Creek Marker, looking south along U.S.1, at Thomas Creek
30° 30.408′ N, 81° 47.527′ W. Marker is in south of Callahan, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on U.S. 1, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located near Thomas Creek,at the county line. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Florida Railroad (approx. 4.7 miles away); American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek (approx. 7.4 miles away); Italia (approx. 8.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Lewis Mausoleum (approx. 10.4 miles away); Centennial Hall Edward Waters College (approx. 12.9 miles away); Confederate Torpedo Boat David (approx. 13 miles away); Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 13.9 miles away); St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
Regarding Battle of Thomas Creek. The battle site is now located in Jacksonville's Thomas Creek Preserve, and is part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.The site itself is undeveloped.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Thomas Creek, Wikipedia entry. the Georgia legislature gave command of the operation to Colonel Elbert. In addition to the 300 Continentals from the 1st and 2nd Georgia Regiments, the expedition included 109 militia cavalry led by Colonel John Baker...40 captured
Battle of Thomas Creek Marker, looking back north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 15, 2011
3. Battle of Thomas Creek Marker, looking back north
(24 killed in captivity) (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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