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150 flags placed at Battle of Brier Creek for Memorial Day
Fri, 06/05/2015 - 1:46pm
Memorial Day is a patriotic day, but when you actually can trace your ceremony back to the Revoluntary War then it takes on more significance.
With 150 flags -- including some British ones -- placed in the grounds of Brier Creek Battlefield, a gun salute and moment of silence was observed on May 24 for the Americans and British who lost their lives during the battle in Screven County.
“One hundred fifty soldiers were slaughtered here on these grounds, these hallowed grounds and that’s why we are here,” said Bill Colbert, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Historians say the Brier Creek Battlefield is one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War.
This battlefield located at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area is one of the most complete with traces left behind from 1779.
Found at the site are old bullets, pottery and other markings.
“We do celebrate our modern day heroes, but we do think we need to celebrate those who gave their life to establish this country the way it is today,” Colbert said.
Colbert’s ancestors fought on these grounds.
The Kinder Morgan group was persuaded to alter its 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline route to avoid the battlefield.
“Many groups came together to avoid this tragic laying of a pipeline through this hallowed ground,” Colbert said. “We feel really strongly about that and we feel grateful at least that they have decided not to do that. There are other steps that need to be taken to protect this battle ground.
“Many many soldiers are buried here and their graves should not be desecrated,” Colbert said.
Kinder Morgan made a deal not to run the pipeline through the battlefield area after having a discussion with most notably Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans, who is a member of the Battle of Brier Creek Committee.
Daniel Battle, who has overseen the surveying at the battlefield site, said he wants people to become aware of what is in their own backyard.
“I pray the public gets this entire battlefield protected properly like every other state done with critical sites,” Battle said. “It is like a Guilford courthouse or King’s Mountain. This place is so critical in the story of Georgia. Thanks for coming out and talking with all of us.”