2018-03-07 / Other Jenkins News

Brier Creek Battlefield Nomination

On Friday, February 23, nineteen SAR and DAR members from Georgia traveled to the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at Panola Mountain State Park. They were invited to attend this very important Historic nomination of the Brier Creek American Revolutionary War Battlefield to the National Register of Historic Places by the Georgia National Register Review Board. The National Register of Historic Places is the Federal government's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation.

Dr. David Crass, Division Director and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer DNR Historic Preservation Division, presented the nomination of the Brier Creek Battlefield to the Georgia National Register Review Board using a power point presentation and lecture. He told the Review Board that the Brier Creek Battlefield is located largely within the state of Georgia's Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Screven County. The National Register historic district boundary comprises 2,686 acres of this site. Two thousand five hundred twenty one acres are owned by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as part of the Tuckahoe WMA, while 164.7 acres are privately owned by Warsaw Pines and Timberland LLC, in an area known locally as Chisolm Farm. The boundary is defined by Brier Creek to the south and the Savannah River to the east. The north and west boundaries were defined by a 2015 archaeological study of the property by Daniel Battle.

The property is being nominated at the state level of significance as the location of one of the most influential American Revolutionary War battles that occurred in Georgia. The nomination is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division.

In attendance from 9 SAR and DAR Chapters were: Stephen Hammond, John Fitzner, Tommy Christopher, Wayne Howard, Laura Howard, Lee Smith, Chip Durden, Jane Durden, Sonny Pittman, Alan Smith, Bruce Maney, Charlie A. Newcomer III, William Woodard, Lynda Woodard, Scott Collins, David Noble, Bill Palmer, Wilder Smith, Jr., and Dess D Smith III.

The DNR, Brier Creek Chapter, William Few Chapter and the Wiregrass Chapter held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the just finished $250,000 Brier Creek Battlefield monument and the 239th Anniversary Celebration on March 3rd on the battlefield.

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