On Saturday at 11 a.m., Screven County's Remember Brier Creek Committee will hold a memorial ceremony for the estimated 150 American soldiers who died in the gruesome Revolutionary War Battle of Brier Creek on March 3, 1779.
This is one of the most important Revolutionary War battles in Georgia, said Screven County historian Alex Lee.
"Many local families are descended from veterans of that battle," he said.
Charlie Newcomer will represent the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution at Saturday's ceremony, and Bill Ramsaur will offer comments on the S.A.R. Georgia Revolutionary Trail project, said Lee.
The ceremonial placing of the wreath will be conducted by the Remember Brier Creek Committee, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the patriots who fought and died in the battle.
"A large number of the families that settled Screven and Bulloch Counties came from the North Carolina counties that provided militia units in the battle," Lee said.
The great hero of the battle, Gen. Samuel Elbert, he said, later became governor of Georgia and chartered the University of Georgia in 1785.
An estimated 150 American patriots are buried at the battle site, which constitutes one of the largest burials of Revolutionary War dead in the U.S., said Lee, with more than 200 who were captured and an unknown number lost by drowning in their attempt to cross the Savannah River to safety.
The British lost only five men, he said.
An historical marker, detailing Elbert's gallant stand against overwhelming odds on the British side, is placed next to the marker for the battle site.
The public is invited to attend Saturday's ceremony, which will be held at a small park where the Battle of Brier Creek historical marker is located on the left just past the bridges on Brannen Bridge Road.
To locate the park by GPS, enter coordinates 32.811631°N and 81.482829°W, or follow East Ogeechee Street to Brannen Bridge Road, heading east out of Sylvania.