Analysis Of The Battle Of Kettle Creek

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The battle of Kettle Creek occurred in February 14, 1779 in Wilkes County, Georgia. A militia force of 400 Patriots led by Andrew Pickens from South Carolina, Colonel John Dooly and Lieutenant Elijah Clarke from Georgia. In a surprise attack defeated a loyalist militia twice their size that was led by James Boyd. Savannah, Georgia was recently captured by the British on December, 29, 1778. Loyalist welcomed the British, while the Patriots prepared for battle. Colonel James Boyd had 650 Loyalists that recruited from North and South Carolina. The Loyalists played their drums for the first time since they have entered Georgia. Andrew Pickens, Elijah Clarke, and John Dooly heard the drums and ordered all 400 Patriots to "pick and prime"
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