Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Battle of Kettle Creek # 2

This sign is posted near where you enter the battleground.  There is a map showing the location of the participants and their march.

My ancestor, Peter Strozier, fought under Col. John Dooley.  Peter was an immigrant from Hanover, Germany.  He had a small farm in what is now Wilkes County, Georgia.  He was married to Margaret Dozier Strozier.  They had at least seven children.  None of these Patriots had enough money to own a slave.  In order to work their farms, they had lots of children.

Throughout the South, the Patriots and the Loyalists were neighbors.  The Patriots wanted individual freedom.  The Loyalists liked the caste system of inheriting their position in life from their parents ie: Kings, Princes, Queens, Lords, Earls, Dukes, etc.  The Patriots wanted none of that.  So, the war here was about neighbor fighting and killing neighbor.

There is a small cemetery here.  Many graves are unmarked and some markers have been added recently.  The grave stones here mark the graves of Patriot soldiers who fought in the battle of Kettle Creek.  The trees look good, don't they.

Peter and Margaret Strozier had a daughter named Polly.  She married a local man, Major Henderson;  Therefore, down through the generations, my ancestors.  Major's father, Joseph Henderson also fought in the Revolutionary War as a Patriot under General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.  Joseph Henderson; however, did not fight at the Battle of Kettle Creek.

Tomorrow, I'll finish the Kettle Creek posts with a wonderful story about my GGGG Grandmother, Margaret Strozier.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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