The Great Battle of Town Creek
As Appeared in Andrew W. Cain’s “History of Lumpkin County”
This was an “engagement” of the Civil War and took place just across the line in White county, although most of the heroes of the occasion were from Lumpkin county. It was reported that a detachment of Yankees was about to cross the Blue Ridge and descend upon the peaceful population of Lumpkin and White counties. A group of homeguards was massed near Town creek, armed with hunting rifles, shotguns, pistols, and whatever weapons they could procure. They waited patiently until nightfall, but no Yankees came. A half dozen of the company, deciding to have a little fun out of the rest, slipped away from the main body and soon appeared in the direction of the supposed Yankees, firing their guns. The defenders of the realm fired one volley and then suddenly diced that discretion was the better part of valor. The commander-in-chief threw the saddle upon his gallant steed “Riley” and strapped it on with such haste that the “boys” always said it buckled itself. Springing into the saddle, he gave the command: “Save yourselves, if you can.” The first lieutenant was the first to heed the command, and as he dashed away, looking back over his shoulder for the Yankees, he ran into the top of a fallen tree and bent the barrel of an old fashioned Lancaster rifle. All of the defenders managed to elude the Yankees and make good their escape. It is claimed that the names of some of them later appeared on the state pension rolls for services rendered the Confederacy. Some of the participants appear never to have learned that the “great battle” was only a joke, played by their friends.