11 January 2009

Hero of the Hornet's Nest

Ok, so this is Elijah Clarke State Park, north of Washington, Georgia, and on the GA/SC border. Seen above and below are a reconstruction of Clarke's first home in GA. During the summer months, it is open and has artifacts from his life inside.

Elijah Clarke was born in North Carolina in 1733 and moved to Georgia in 1774, when he joined the Revolutionary effort. He served in several battles throughout Georgia and South Carolina including Aligator Creek, Kettle Creek, Musgrove's Mill, Blackstocks, and two sieges of Augusta. After the war he served in the State Assembly from 1781 to 1790. In 1793 he joined the French Army and participated in efforts against the Spanish in Florida. In 1794, he established the Trans-Oconee Republic in the area of modern day Northern Georgia. This was viewed by the Government as a violtaion of treaties with the Natives, and after failed diplomatic attempts to end the Republic, a group of soldiers and local militia surrounded the settlement and Clarke surrendered.

Erected to the memory of Gen. Elijah Clarke 1736-1799

Revolutionary Soldier and Patriot

And his Wife Hannah Arrington 1737-1827

By the Elijah Clarke Chapter, Athens, Georgia

And the Hannah Clarke Chapter, Quitman, Georgia

Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924

Clarke was originally buried at his home, which is now under Clark's Hill/Strom Thurmond Lake (the name depends on which side of the state line you're on.)
John Dooly was another Patriot leader, most noted for his actions and Kettle Creek. His home was located here, where he was killed by Loyalists, and he is buried somewhere nearby.
Yes this area is still plagued by low water levels, as these pictures of Clark's Hill/Strom Thurmond Lake show. Ya see, this is a fishing pier, and is supposed to be IN the water...

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