Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Remembering the Past; Setting Direction for the Future

Today's Blog post was written by Mike Todd:

We at the Fitzpatrick Hotel would like to take some time to highlight an upcoming event in February -- the anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek.  The battle was fought on February 14, 1779, in Wilkes County, Georgia, outside of Washington. 

Six Hundred Loyalists led by Colonel James Boyd were encamped atop a hill in a bend of Kettle Creek when they were attacked by 340 South Carolina and Georgia Militiamen.  Colonel Andrew Pickens of South Carolina led his 200 men in a direct assault on the hill while Colonel John Dooly and Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Clarke of Georgia attacked the camp across the creek on the left and right, respectively.  Boyd was mortally wounded during the attack and the Loyalists panicked and were driven across the creek.  Approximately 270 Loyalists escaped the battle of Kettle Creek.  

Two hundred and thirty-two years later, it is humbling to think of these individuals and the risk they took.  As we face 2011, we see a tremendous economic and political struggle playing out in this country.  A struggle in which so many do not fight for this great country, but for personal gain and individual wants. At this juncture in history it is only appropriate to pray that we can lay down personal agendas and find the willingness of self sacrifice that is needed to win all great battles. 

Over the next few weeks we will continue to highlight this great event in history with an eye toward the future. 

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