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This Day in Georgia History

February 11, 1779

Vann’s Creek Skirmish

A skirmish between Georgia and South Carolina Loyalists and Patriots took place near Vann’s Creek, in current Elbert County, Georgia. The Loyalist forces numbered some 600-900 men, while the Patriots had only 120, but the terrain offered poor visibility - and it is likely that neither side knew the other’s numbers. The Patriots retreated after having sixteen casualties, with eighteen captured. The Loyalists lost approximately one hundred men.