Smith speaks to Brier Creek


The Brier Creek Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution held its monthly meeting Thursday night, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Sylvania. Before the meeting, at 6 p.m., 10 members of the chapter met at Pop's Kitchen in Sylvania for a great meal in fellowship. With President Wayne Howard presiding, there were 18 members and guests in attendance. 

The program for the evening was presented by the Wiregrass Chapter President Wilder Smith, Jr.  His topic was the Battle at Moore's Creek Bridge. The battle occurred on Feb. 27, 1776, 244 years ago. The location of the battle was near Wilmington, NC. The North Carolina commanders were James Moore, Richard Caswell and Alexander Lillington with a force of 1,050 militia. Great Britain's commanders were Donald MacDonald, Donald MacLeod and John Campbell with a force of 700-800 for the battle and 1,400 - 1,600 at the start of march. Casualties and losses were one killed and one wounded for the North Carolina Militia and 50 killed or wounded and 850 captured for the British. 

The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a minor conflict of the American Revolutionary War that was fought near Wilmington, NC.  The victory of the North Carolina Provincial Congress' militia force over British governor Josiah Martin's reinforcements at Moore's Creek marked the decisive turning point of the revolution in North Carolina. American independence would be declared less than five months later. 

If you would like to become a member of this chapter, contact President Wayne Howard at 912-690-4626 or e-mail him at


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