Excerpt of Sir, Patrick Henry...
"The battle, sir, is not to the
strong alone; it is to the vigilant,
the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we
were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from
the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!
Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains
of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come!
I repeat it, sir, let it come. "
"Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--
but there is no peace. The war
is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will
bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are
already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that
gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace
so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
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Photos of six Revolutionary War
soldiers -- Lemuel Cook*,
Samuel Downing*, William Hitchings, Adam Link*, Alexander Milliner,
and Daniel Waldo* -- were published in Popular Photography 1976:1:67-73
and used as the centerpiece for an article in Life magazine
(May 31, 1948 at p. 88) by poet (and later Congressional Librarian)
Archibald MacLeish, who told about his grandfather's visit and interview
with the six in 1864. Parts of these interviews were included in the
Life article. The photograph of a seventh soldier, John Herrington*,
appears on p 52 of The SAR Magazine for Summer 1998.
The 1999 edition of the SAR Patriot
Index on CDROM contains over
610,000 family history records of Patriots and their descendants.
These were collected from membership applications submitted to the
Sons of the American Revolution between 1880 and early 1999.
STAMP ACT passed by Parliament in 1765 roused
a violent colonial outcry as an act of taxation without
representation. The TOWNSHEND ACTS (1767) led to
such acts of violence as the BOSTON MASSACRE
(1770), the burning of the H.M.S. Gaspee (1772), and the
BOSTON TEA PARTY (1773).
Britain responded with the coercive
INTOLERABLE ACTS. The colonists convened the
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS and petitioned the king for redress
of their grievances.
erupted on Apr. 19, 1775, at LEXINGTON AND
CONCORD, and was followed by the capture of Fort
Ticonderoga from the British, the battle of BUNKER
HILL, and the unsuccessful colonial assault on Quebec
Continental Congress appointed (1775)
George WASHINGTON to command the Continental
army and, on July 4, 1776, adopted the DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE. Ratified finally by August of that year.
Many colonists, however, remained pro-British Loyalists.
The colonial victory in the SARATOGA CAMPAIGN (1777) helped
to forge a French-American alliance (1778), bringing vital
aid to the colonists. Following the terrible ordeal of
Washingon's army at VALLEY FORGE and the indecisive battle of
MONMOUTH (1778), the war shifted to the South during the
Carolina campaign (1780-81).
surrender (Oct. 1781) of Gen. CORNWALLIS at the close of the
YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN ended the fighting, and the
Treaty of Paris (1783) recognized the U.S. as a nation.
Speaking of the South...
By the begining of the 1770's
Georgia was the least populated of
the 13 American colonies. Of the 50,000 inhabitants, half were slaves,
and almost all of it's citizens were clustered near the coast.
As events to the north began to lead to war with Britain, Georgia,
for the most part, continued with business as usual. When the colonial
representatives began convening The Continental Congress, Georgia
reluctantly sent delegates. In 1776, this Congress signed the Declaration
of Independence. The Georgians that signed the document were:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.
The early years of the American
Revolution were quiet in Georgia.
In 1778 new orders from London marked out the south as the main
theater of war. British warships that had been sailing off the
New York Harbor headed to South Carolina and Georgia coast.
British Major General Provost took Savannah with little resistance and
converted the small community back to the British.
For a brief time the Georgia
assembly met under the authority of
the British crown. Provost expanded his control of Georgia to Augusta
and Sunbury, and with the Cherokees support in northwest Georgia he
effectively controlled all of the state.
In South Carolina General Benjamin
Lincoln put together a small
force of locals to fight the British. In the summer of 1779 they
contacted Admiral Valerie D'estaing, sailing in the French West Indies.
Together they decided to attack Savannah. In early September D'estaing
put in at the mouth of the Savannah River. His troops landed without
opposition and probably could have walked into the city unopposed.
Instead, D'estaing sent a demand for surrender to Provost in Savannah.
Provost responded by quickening the pace at which he was strengthening
the enforcements around the city. On October 9, 1779, the combined
forces of Lincoln and D'estaing attack the city. Provost's men hold
the line and as the attack is repelled, advance on the retreating army.
From an initial force of 5000 men, by the end of the day over 800 French
and American soldiers lay dead.
A brief history of Georgia's Warwoman
When grading crews went out that
fateful day in 1912 to work on the
Elberton and Eastern Railroad, they could not know the effect they
were about to have on Georgia History. These men were about to prove
that a Georgian by the name of Nancy "Warwoman" Hart actually existed.
Near a piece of property she once owned they uncovered the grave of six
men from the late 1700's, probably British, and changed the way America
viewed a woman whose exploits had grown to mythical proportions.
The first story about Nancy Hart appeared in the Milledgeville Southern
Recorder in 1825. "One day six Tories paid Nancy a call and demanded
a meal. She soon spread before them smoking venison, hoe-cakes, and
fresh honeycomb. Having stacked their arms, they seated themselves, and
started to eat, when Nancy quick as a flash seized one of the guns,
cocked it, and with a blazing oath declared she would blow out the
brains of the first mortal that offered to rise or taste a mouthful! She
sent one of her sons to inform the Whigs of her prisoners. Whether
uncertain because of her cross-eyes which one she was aiming at, or
transfixed by her ferocity, they remained quiet. The Whigs soon arrived
and dealt with the Tories according to the rules of the times."
Over the years many historians
began to debunk the stories of Nancy Hart.
Finding the grave so close to Hart property gave the story such creedence
that today it is accepted as historical fact. On the northeast border with
South Carolina, Hart County is the only county in Georgia named for a woman.
American Revolution in Georgia:Chronology
July 10, 1775 Habersham and Captain
Bowen accomplished the first
seizure of a British ship at sea. They take Captain Maitland's armed
schooner which is carrying powder. Georgia retains 9,000 pounds and
sends 5,000 pounds to the Continental Army.
March 2&3, 1776 Battle of the Rice Boats at Savannah.
January 31, 1779 British take Augusta & Sunbury.
February 14, 1779 Battle of Kettle Creek. Georgia's favorite military action.
March 3, 1779 Battle of Brier Creek.
September 16, 1779 General Lincoln and Admiral d'Estaing besiege Savannah.
April 1781 Colonel Elijah Clarke & General Pickens began a
siege of Augusta. Augusta falls on June 5, 1781, freeing upcountry Georgia
of the British.
January 1782 General "Mad" Anthony Wayne arrives in Georgia & immediately
launches a vigorous offensive which culminates in the British evacuation
of Savannah on 10 & 11 July 1782.
April 28, 1794, Admiral d'Estaing guillotined by the Paris Mob.
Men, driven by belief have given us all a better life by their fight
Rest, and peace to those many men that have gone in battle to foster a better life.
A day of rememberance of our forefathers, July 4th.
Shine proudly your heritage, no matter what.
Major William Arnet b.ca1721-1735, May have fought under Frances Marion
Captain Peter Arnet b.1749 enlisted Chester, SC
David Arnet died 1779 Battle of Savannah
John Arnet b.1760 Certified Patriot by