ists at a farm on the north side of Kettle Creek where the stream enters the Savannah and turned out his horses to forage in the swamp. They were surprised by the Americans and Colonel Boyd was mortally wounded. A horse was shot out from under General Elijah Clarke, but the Americans routed the British on February 14, 1779. Meanwhile, General Benjamin Lincoln, commander of the Southern Department, had taken up quarters at Purysburg, South Carolina along the river between Savannah and Augusta on the South Carolina side was amassing an army of 8,000 men. He planned to sweep the countryside of the British with these forces, however, malaria prevailed in the nearby villages of the Swiss and Germans caused him to get out-maneuvered. It was Colonel Mark Prevost who stopped the planned concentration of Lincoln's forces in Georgia when he surprised one of the larger units, an army of 2300 men, as it headed towards Purysburg but encamped along Brier Creek. Seldom has so large an army been so swiftly annihilated. General William Moultrie serving under General Lincoln summed it up this way: "We never could ascertain the number that were lost in this unfortunate affair, as many of them did not stop anywhere until they got to their own homes in North Carolina," and "it was nothing less than a total rout."
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