SAVANNAH, Ga. — Less than two months after British forces captured Savannah in December 1778, militiamen scored a rare Revolutionary War victory in Georgia after a short but violent gunbattle forced British loyalists to abandon a small fort built on a frontiersman’s cattle farm.
More than 234 years later, archeologists say they’ve pinpointed the location of Carr’s Fort in northeastern Georgia after a search with metal detectors covering more than 4 square miles turned up musket balls and rifle parts.
The February 1779 shootout at Carr’s Fort turned back men sent to Wilkes County to recruit colonists loyal to the British. It was also a prelude to the more prominent battle of Kettle Creek, where the same patriot fighters who attacked the fort ambushed and decimated an advancing British force of roughly 800 men.
The battles were a blow to British plans to make gains in Georgia, the last of the original 13 colonies. Carr’s Fort was one of numerous outposts built for American settlers to defend themselves from enemy soldiers and Indians.