January 30, This day during the American Revolution

January 30, 1779 – at Fort Henderson, Georgia – On January 30, Col. Samuel Elbert was commanding his Georgia militia when they were attacked by Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell’s British force. Towards evening, Campbell closed with Elbert’s force at Spirit Creek. Elbert had left 200 men in a small stockade, known as Fort Henderson, on the other side of the creek. Campbell bombarded the fort with his artillery for 10 minutes. After this time, the Georgians abandoned the fort. A company of the 71st Highlanders crossed the creek and took possession of the fort. The British rested at the fort for the night

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