Near Elberton in Elbert County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Cherokee Ford
11 Feb. 1779
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.
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. Touch 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. 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elberton.
More about this marker. The marker is scheduled to be placed December 8th, 2007 and dedicated that day.
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
— 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 & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
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