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Historical step for Battle of Brier Creek

On March 3, 1779, the Battle of Brier Creek was waged during the Revolutionary War on Screven County soil and wetlands on land that is now occupied by the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
According to journal records kept from the time the Patriots and British were in the area, it is believed that 150 soldiers perished in battle. Some died in combat while others perished in the waterways.
For decades, the local community has held a memorial at approximately the location where the battle and camps were established in the 1700s.
Locally, citizens knew of the Revolutionary War battle, but few outside Screven County did.
Then a grant through the Department of Transportation was granted to the City of Sylvania to pinpoint the burial sites for the fallen soldiers.
After months of surveying, the locations have been found which will allow the project to move forward through the Department of Natural Resources who oversee the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
In a fact-finding visit, DNR officials came to Screven County on June 5 to see first-hand the battlefield site.
Local organizers, including Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans and other members of the Battle of Brier Creek Committee, seek to establish a monument and section off the area around the battlefield so the location will not be further disturbed.
In doing so, this would afford the community the opportunity to have visitors come to Screven County to see the historial battlefield site.