The Declaration of Independence. Dr. Karl Clay Ouzts, professor in the History Department of Gainesville College explains the passions, events, and situations preceding the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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The Founders and the “Event” of Independence

By Clay Ouzts

When Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the nation’s independence, he was already widely recognized as one of the most important figures of America’s revolution, largely due to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence. By 1826, July fourth celebrations had assumed a sacred, ritual place in the hearts of Americans, as had the ideals of freedom and liberty professed in the Declaration. Through the years since 1776, Jefferson kept the red mahogany desk on which he penned the Declaration tucked away at his home, Monticello, in Virginia. (Click on the link below to read the remainder…..)


History of Wilkes County and Georgia
Books/Articles as Listed


1.Kettle Creek Battle and Battlefield. Washington, Ga.: Washington-Wilkes Publishing, 1979. Robert Scott Davis, author.

2. Kettle Creek: The Battle of the Cane Brakes. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, l975. Reprinted 2004. Robert Scott Davis, author.

3. Thomas Ansley and the American Revolution in Georgia. Red Springs, NC: Ansley Reunion Press, 1980. Robert Scott Davis, author.

4. Encounters on a March Through Georgia in 1779: The Maps and Memorandums of Lt. John Wilson, 71st Highlanders. Sylvania, GA. Partridge Pond Press, 1986. Robert Scott Davis, author.

5. Quaker Records in Georgia: Wrightsborough, 1772-1793, Friendsborough, 1775-1777. Augusta: Augusta Genealogical Society, 1986. Robert Scott Davis, author.

6. Georgians in the American Revolution: At Kettle Creek (Wilkes County) and Burke County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986. Robert Scott Davis, author.

7. Patriots in Georgia Revolutionary War Engagements,  1776 - 1782, McNaughton & Gunn, Saline, MI, 2016, David A. Noble & Richard P. March

8. Kettle Creek: How a Few Hours Changed Ordinary Eighteenth Centry Men into Icons and Villains, Carolyn Bryant Faz, 2018