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Screven, Georgia

Posted by graywacke on October 29, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-a-week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Oh my LG!  Unbelievably, it continues with this landing in . . . GA; 34/38; 7/10 (7/8); 5; 155.1.

Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed just south of a good ol’ Georgia “round town,” Screven:

Here’s a broader view:

I landed in the Penholoway Ck watershed, on to the Altamaha R (7th hit).

Here’s my GE shot, showing that I landed in an ill-defined agricultural setting:

Fortunately, there was GE Street View coverage on the road (Hortense Road) located 0.1 mi west of my landing.  Here’s the shot towards my landing, showing that I landed in an evergreen (Christmas tree?) farm:

So, I couldn’t find much (read “anything”) of interest about Screven.  I did find out that it was named after General James Screven, a Revolutionary War hero.  Here’s a picture of the good General:

As found at the Quarterman Family Project History website, accredited to the Midway GA Museum:

“Toward the end of 1778, the theatre of war was transferred to the Southern Provinces, and the British planned an invasion of Georgia from East Florida. One British force was sent by sea to Sunbury [about 48 mi NE of my landing, near the coast], and another by land (under Col. Prevost) to rendezvous with the Naval forcey. Colonel Prevost’s force set out in November, 1778, toward Sunbury, destroying and plundering the plantations in its path.

“Colonel John White posted about one hundred continentals with two pieces of light artillery at the Midway Church  and constructed a breastwork just south of it, hoping to hold off Prevost until help arrived from Savannah. When General James Screven arrived with some twenty militiamen, the Americans moved their position 1 1/2 miles south of the Church. During the skirmish which followed, General Screven was wounded and captured; he died while in the hands of the enemy.

Here are some more details from Stacy’s Records (a late 1895 local history), from the same website:

“ . . . Gen. Screven and some of his party crossed the swamp to reconnoitre, but falling into an ambuscade he fell mortally wounded, receiving three wounds, one of which was inflicted after he had fallen . . ..”

What a dastardly deed, shooting the General after he was already down and seriously wounded.  And then, they didn’t finish him off . . .

Obviously, General Screven and his unsuccessful skirmish in SE GA doesn’t make general Revolutionary War history books.  But hey.  The good General (and two of his troops) paid the ultimate price for supporting the revolution . . .

Here’s a plaque commemorating the battle:

I’ll close with this countryside shot taken a few miles southwest of my landing (Panaramio shot by fuscia):

That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

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