Augusta historian speaks in Elberton

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 7:20 AM
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ELBERTON, Ga. -- The director of the Center for Georgia History and professor of history at Augusta State University will speak this year at the Sixth Anniversary Ceremony of the Battle of Vann’s Creek in Elbert County.

Lee Ann Caldwell will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the pavilion of the Richard B. Russell State Park located along Lake Russell.

“We were excited when we heard she would be available,” said Larry Wilson, a member of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution and the Samuel Hart Chapter in Elberton, which is sponsoring the event.

Caldwell worked for many years with noted historian Ed Cashin, professor emeritus and director of the Center of Georgia History. He died in 2007.

Caldwell has received numerous awards for her work in state history and her academic work. She is currently the president-elect of the Georgia Association of Historians, president of the Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, second vice-president of Historic Augusta, and on the executive board of Women in Philanthropy.

The ceremony takes place near the site of the Battle of Vann’s Creek that took place Feb. 11, 1779, just three days before the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, which was a major battle of the American Revolution in Georgia.

During the skirmish, a group of Tories crossed the Savannah River and were engaged by Patriot forces. The actual site was along the river and is now under the waters of Lake Russell.

Earlier this month, five Revolutionary War soldiers were remembered at Vann’s Creek Baptist Church and Holly Springs Baptist Church on Veteran’s Day with more than 100 people attending, including visitors from Texas and Louisiana.

SAR member Olds Harris presided over the ceremony in which markers were placed at the soldier’s graves in the church cemeteries. For more information, call (706) 283-1627..


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