Revolutionary War Heroes

Elijah Clarke


Elijah Clarke was born and grew up in North Carolina. He was born in 1742 the exact date is unknown. He finally arrived in Georgia in 1773. He rose to prominence in the Revolutionary War, which he was wounded four times. On February 14, 1779, Clarke led a group of Georgia and South Carolina militiamen to surprise victory over some 600 loyalists at Kettle Creek in the county of Wilkes. After the Revolutionary War, Clarke was rewarded with a confiscated plantation and thousands of acres of land. He also served in the Georgia legislature and became a state militia general. He died in Richmond county, Georgia on December 15, 1799. The Georgia legislature recognized him by naming a county in his honor. December 5, 1801. Clarke County became home to the University of Georgia. Clarke's remains were eventually re-interred in Elijah Clarke State Park near Lincolnton, Georgia along the Georgia-South Carolina border.

Nancy Hart

Nancy Hart

This brave red-headed women held six British soldiers in her home. She grew up in North Carolina. She is traditionally said to have been related to both Daniel Boone and General Daniel Morgan, although no real evidence in either case. Her and her husband, Benjamin Hart, moved to Wilkes county Georgia. Nancy could well handle a rifle in the fierce and bloody internecine that beset Georgia during the American Revolution. One of the best-known stories of Nancy Hart is when five or six armied Tories arrived at her cabin and demanded her to cook them a meal. Hart plied the Tories with whiskey and contrived to get near their stacked rifles. She threw the other rifles in the fire and got oe to defend herself. One of the men rushed her and was shot dead; another she wounded. When help finally came the remaining Tories were taken to the woods and hung.

Austin Dabney Born in 1765 and died in 1830. Born kn Wake County, North Carolina

Austin Dabney

Born in 1765 and died on 1830. Born in Wale County, North Carolina. Fought against the British. On August 14, 1786, Dabney became the only black to be granyed land. He was an artilleryman under Elijah Clarke. He was believed to be only black to serve in the Battle Of Kettle Creek.

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