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Screven County vital part of U.S. history

Countless communities have history, but few have what Screven County has or eventually could have.
And nothing says “Independence Day” quite like an actual battle that led to our nation gaining its independence from the British.
In June, officials from the Department of Natural Resources met with local individuals who have remained very knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War Battle of Brier Creek that was fought on the soil of what is today the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
A report is being finalized for DNR that locals hope will officially document the battle that occurred in the area’s wetlands on March 3, 1779. According to journal entries, 150 soldiers -- mostly Patriots perished in the battle.
“Those 150 American Patriots gave their lives for our country and it is time we give back to them,” said Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans.
The battlefield has been found and the graves of the soldiers have been pinpointed.
The survey of the site began with a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Although memorials were consistently held near the location of the battlefield each March by those in the community, few outside Screven County took notice.
But that is changing.
“I’ve been working on this Brier Creek Battle since I was a teenager and I am in my 60s now,” said Alex Lee, a local historian.
Those working on the project would like to have the site a historic point reference of patriotism for throughout the calendar year.