Ohoope Fork   McBean Swamp  

Ohoope River.

What:
Skirmish, *Gen. Twiggs vs. Chickamauga & traders, 3 Dec 1781
Friendly fire, Benjamin Brantly vs. Maj. David Emanuel, 13 Dec 1781

Other names:

Where:
32.4971119 -82.4423510, Fork of Ohoope
33.2434788 -81.9506721, McBean GA

Maps: [map notes]

Sources:

  • NBBAS:Three. p.404-405.
    Fork of the Hooper [Ohoope], Georgia
    3 December 1781

    The Chicamauga Indians were desperate for trade goods or other supplies. A party of Chicamaugas and some traders attempted to slip through the countryside to Savannah, but two Creek Indians informed General Twiggs in Augusta.

    On December 1st Twiggs gathered seventy-two officers and men, all the militia he could. They rode out to intercept the Chicamaugas. At daybreak on December 3rd Twiggs and his Georgians found the Chicamaugas in the Fork of the Hooper [Ohoope] River, about thirty miles from Ogeechee. The Georgians immediately attacked.

    The Indians were no match for the backwoodsmen and they were soon overwhelmed. Twenty Indians were killed, along with twelve white traders. Seven women and two children were captured. Among the Indian prisoners was the daughter of Oconnostota. There were 199 horses, 15,000 pounds of deerskins, and 1,500 beaver pelts that were seized. It was not a one sided battle. Twiggs lost twelve men in the fighting, one sixth of his men.

    Ten days later eight of Twiggs riflemen, under the command of Benjamin Brantley, mistakenly ambushed a group of fellow Patriots near McBeans Swamp. In the group were Meyrick Davis, who was President of the council in Augusta, Joel Lewis and Major David Emanuel. Both Davis and Lewis were killed in the fratricide.

    By the spring of 1782 no Indian parties would be able to get through to Savannah, and no British support was coming out. The Chicamaugas would be on their own.

  • Sherman, "Calendar...". Too late for this work. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75 RevWar75   Dec 1781 listing.
    12/3/1781 Fork of the Hoopee's River. Insufficient data.
    12/7/1781 near McBean's Swamp. Insufficient data.

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Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley.

Confidence level: See above.