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American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek

May 17, 1777

 
 
American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek May 17, 1777 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 13, 2015
1. American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek May 17, 1777 Marker
Inscription. In May 1777, 400 soldiers from the Continental Army and 165 members of the Georgia militia organized in Sunbury, Georgia, just north of the Florida border for an expedition into British East Florida in retaliation for raids conducted by British Loyalists. Traveling by water, the Continentals encountered British troops at Amelia Island, which delayed their rendezvous with the Georgia militia who traveled by land. On May 17, a small force of 109 Georgia militia men was ambushed by a mixed force of British Army, Loyalist militia, and Native Americans near the mouth of Thomas Creek in Northeast Florida. Lieutenant Colonel John Baker of the Georgia forces and 41 of the Georgia militia men survived the battle. The encounter was the first major engagement and the second of three failed attempts by American forces to invade British East Florida. It is considered the southernmost battle of the American Revolutionary War.
 
Erected 2015 by The Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution, The City of Jacksonville and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-827.)
 
Location. 30° 31.318′ N, 81° 40.139′ W. Marker is near Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Arnold Road half a mile west of
American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek May 17, 1777 Marker from the parking area image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 13, 2015
2. American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek May 17, 1777 Marker from the parking area
Pecan Park Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking area of the Seaton Creek Historic Preserve. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2145 Arnold Road, Jacksonville FL 32218, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Italia (approx. 7.1 miles away); Battle of Thomas Creek (approx. 7.4 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 9.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Lewis Mausoleum (approx. 9.9 miles away); Historic Florida Railroad (approx. 10.2 miles away); Yellow Bluff Fort (approx. 10.8 miles away); Confederate Torpedo Boat David (approx. 11 miles away); Sawpit Bluff Plantation (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Seaton Creek Historic Preserve Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 13, 2015
3. Seaton Creek Historic Preserve Trail Map
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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