Colonel Elijah Clarke | Musgrove Mill

Elijah Clarke

Colonel Elijah Clarke was the leader of the Wilkes County, Georgia militia. He along with Col. Isaac Shelby, leader of the Overmountain men militia, and Col James Williams, leader of the Little River militia, formed a new strategy for attacking the British. This new strategy involved the militia men hiding behind trees and/or rocks so they could take deadly aim at British and Loyalist soldiers. This was a type of fighting with no holds barred.

In the Battle of Musgrove Mill, this strategy for the patriots proved to be a ray of hope-- that the British forces were not invincible.

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IMAGE CREDIT: The portrait of Colonel Elijah Clarke was painted by Thomas Kelly Pauley.