Jan. 26, 1779 – Colonists Defeat 400 British Troops and Loyalists at Burke County Jail

Our Friends at Constitution.com decided to take us back in time today to remember a little slice of the Revolutionary war that gets overlooked because of the more epic and famous battles.

But looking back some two hundred and thirty plus years ago we can see what an armed populace can do against a more numerous occupying force.

From Constitution.com:

On January 26, 1779, a group of revolutionaries led by John Twiggs and William Few met at the Burke County Jail to figure out a way to prevent colonists defecting to the British. They knew who some of these people were and decided to set off to detain some of the British Loyalists in an effort to demonstrate their power and resolve.

As the Patriots began rounding up British Loyalists, they were confronted by a group of 400 British troops and Loyalists along the banks of the McIntosh Creek. A battle ensued and when it was done, the smaller band of Patriots defeated the large forces of the British. The incident, known now as the Engagement at Burke County Jail, helped to rally other Patriots in the area to engage the British and anyone who remained loyal to the crown.

Twigg joined the militia in the middle of 1775 as a member of Captain John Lamar’s militia company out of Augusta, Georgia. In 1776, he commanded a company of militia in the Cherokee War where he displayed his leadership abilities. Twigg and his small band of Georgia militia helped Colonel Thomas Sumter at Blackstocks, South Carolina where they defeated British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton in November 1780. It wasn’t until August 1781 that Twigg was promoted to Brigadier General. After that time, he helped drive the British out of Georgia.

You can read the rest of the article and of Twigg’s exploits at Battle of Burke County Jail

THIS is why we have the 2nd Amendment.  Though gun controllers have tried to downplay it, tried to make it about hunting or some other such nonsense.  Our Founding Fathers knew that they were free ONLY because they fought for their freedom with the guns that they had.  They also knew that the surest way to snuff out freedom was to disarm the populace and ensure that they had no way to fight against tyranny.

The Engagement at Burke County Jail just serves as a reminder through the centuries that people who are both willing AND able to fight, able being properly armed to do so, can stand up to greater odds and still carry the day for freedom and liberty.

A lesson that must be remembered in this day and age for we are only and always but one generation from losing liberty forever.


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