ravel with us to the Kettle Creek battlefield where in February of 1775 Patriot forces defeated an army of Loyalists twice their number, reminding the crown that the Southern Patriot was determined and skilled in pursuit of liberty. We will also examine the lives and character of three titans in Georgia’s second war of independence: Alexander Stephens, Robert Toombs and Thomas Cobb. We will learn of their significance in the history of their state and country, at the places they knew best—their homes and hearth sides.
Thomas R.R. Cobb House
Included in This Tour
- All venue admissions
- All guide fees and gratuities
- Wireless headsets for listening convenience
- Wednesday evening food and fellowship time
- Study Preparation section
Kettle Creek Battlefield
Kettle Creek Battlefield
Georgia was the last of the thirteen original thirteen American colonies organized. As one of the newly independent states, Georgians witnessed several major battles of the Revolutionary War on their soil, only one of which was in the upstate region at Kettle Creek. Some of the battle site has only recently been found and 180 acres preserved, but worth the time to visit. Andrew Pickens the “Fighting Elder of South Carolina,” led the Patriot militia forces against a numerically superior Tory army moving to reinforce British forces in Augusta. The Patriot militia showed the British, once again, that they only held the ground on which they stood.
Georgia was and is, the largest state east of the Mississippi. She was one of the earliest states to secede from the Union, and one of the last to be conquered. Arguably, the last battle of the Civil War was fought in Columbus, Georgia. The state provided some of the most important leaders of the Confederacy, and in the case of Alexander Stephens and Robert Toombs, two best friends “who formed the Confederacy.” We will visit Liberty Hall of Crawfordsville, the home of Stephens, who became the Vice-President of the Confederacy. He had already established himself as one of the most brilliant and eloquent leaders of the United States Congress leading up to the Civil War. He was the chief author of the Confederate Constitution, the apex of American constitutional theory.
Robert Toombs Plantation House
Robert Toombs, an early and politically powerful secessionist led troops during the war and served in the Confederate Congress. He had a colorful and influential record in the previous decades in the U.S. Congress, and carried that reputation into the new nation. We will visit the classical Toombs plantation house in historic Washington, Georgia.
TRR Cobb House
Cobb family was also closely associated with both our national history and the history of the Confederacy. Lawyer Thomas R.R. Cobb joined his politician brother Howell as Georgia leaders of secession in 1861. Thomas joined the army and rose to Brigadier General, dying in combat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia. An outspoken Christian and a well-known apologist of slavery, as well as a founder of the University of Georgia Law School, Thomas participated in the early sessions of the Confederate government in Montgomery, but chose the field of combat as his mission in the war. His beautiful home has been preserved in Athens as an example of antebellum urban comfort.
|8:30am||Kettle Creek Battlefield
War Hill Road (off of 3150 Court Ground Road, 12 miles SW of Washington)
|12 miles ≈ 20 mins.|
|10:00am||Robert Toombs House
216 East Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington, GA 30673
|20 miles ≈ 30 mins.|
|11:30am||Liberty Hall (picnic lunch)
456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville, GA 30631
|45 miles ≈ 60 mins.|
175 Hill Street, Athens
|7:00pm||Food, fun and fellowship
Location TBA in Athens
Mr. Potter will be speaking at the TTD Convention in Athens June 11-13. Separate registration required. Stop by our booth in the Vendor Hall for an opportunity to win a gift certificate for a free Landmark Tour!
Image Credits: 1 Athens, Georgia Townscape (iStockPhoto.com) 2 TRR Cobb House (TRRCobbHouse.org) 3 Kettle Creek Battlefield Entrance (TripAdvisor.com) 4 Kettle Creek Battlefield Monnument (Wikipedia.org) 5 Liberty Hall (Wikipedia.org) 6 Tommbs Home (Wikipedia.org) 7 Robert Toombs (Wikipedia.org) 8 Athens Postcard (Wikipedia.org)</small