Revolutionary War Sites in Georgia
From the Kettle Creek Battlefield to Fort Morris, explore Georgia's role in the American Revolution (1775-1783) at these historic sites
The first act of the Revolutionary War in Georgia occurred after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, when revolutionaries broke into a powder magazine in Savannah on May 11, 1775. After violence in the backcountry and the seizure of rice-laden merchant ships in the Savannah harbor by British warships, George Walton and Button Gwinnett joined Dr. Lyman Hall to sign the Declaration of Independence.
As the war reached a stalemate, British commanders turned south. Augusta was captured and then quickly abandoned after the Battle of Kettle Creek, the state's most infamous battle on Feb. 14, 1779. Visitors today can tour the battlefield and historic sites named for the battle's heroes, including Elijah Clark.
The same year, Fort Morris fell, the British governor returned to Savannah, and Georgia became the only colony to be restored to royal allegiance. In 1782, however, the British were driven out, and the state elected its first post-colonial government, ending the war in Georgia.