Compatriot John Derden, member of the local Wiregrass Chapter of the Georgia Society – Sons of the American Revolution, traveled to the American Legion in Sylvania in September to deliver an important update to members of the Brier Creek Chapter about the progress made by Brier Creek Revolutionary War Battlefield Association Inc. (BCRWBA) in preserving the historic site.
Compatriot Derden, in his address, presented information on the items the BCRWBA had been discussing with the Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources about preserving the battlefield and developing ideas the association had for the battlefield. Those items include: an entrance sign to the battlefield at Brannen’s Bridge Road, a granite marker with the front and back listing the Patriot units on one side and the British units on the other, a lighted flagpole with a large granite base with pavers purchased by individuals, and wildlife viewing areas and walking trails on the battlefield with signage on those trails.
Additionally, Derden said there will also be a large map depicting locations of the battle units and what happened during and after the battle.
Hopefully, the BCRWBA Inc. and the DNR will agree on many items that will enhance the future of the battlefield.
Derden was introduced as the evening’s guest speaker by dual member Wilder Smith Jr., and he delivered his talk after the opening prayer, the pledge to the U.S. flag, and the SAR pledge.
President Wayne Howard led the meeting, which was attended by 21 members and guests.
The meeting ended with a prayer and the SAR recessional.