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January 24, 1777 At the behest of the 2nd Continental Congress, a "Committee of Seven" is appointed to revise the Rules and Regulations of 1776. Button Gwinnett, William Belcher, Joseph Wood, Josiah Lewis, John Adam Treutlen, Henry Jones and George Wells are chosen.
  John Treutlen
  Button Gwinnett
February 5, 1777 Glynn County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Glynn County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Liberty County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Liberty County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Richmond County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Richmond County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Wilkes County created
  John Wilkes
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Wilkes County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Chatham County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Chatham County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Effingham County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Effingham County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Burke County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Burke County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Camden County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Camden County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 State constitution agreed upon unanimously
  State Constitution of 1777
February 17, 1777 Battle of Fort McIntosh
February 18, 1777
  Georgia and the American Revolution
February 19, 1777 Benjamin Lincoln promoted to Major General
  Benjamin Lincoln
February 22, 1777 Archibald Bulloch given the powers of the executive branch of the government; he dies under unusual circumstances the same day
  Archibald Bulloch
March 4, 1777 Georgia's Council of Safety gives President Button Gwinnett the authority to organize the militia and proceed with an attack on Florida. This is known as the Second Florida Expedition.
  Button Gwinnett
  Second Florida Expedition
March 4, 1777 Button Gwinnett elected President of the Council of Safety
  Button Gwinnett
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
  Georgia and the American Revolution
March 14, 1777 Button Gwinnett, as head of the executive branch of the state of Georgia, orders George McIntosh be arrested on the charge of treason.
  Button Gwinnett
March 27, 1777 Unable to raise a militia large enough to accomplish his goals, Button Gwinnett requests the assistance of Continental commander Lachlan McIntosh to launch the Second Florida Expedition
  Button Gwinnett
  Second Florida Expedition
  Lachlan McIntosh
April 1, 1777 Commander of British forces in East Florida Augustine Prevost promoted to Brigadier General
April 12, 1777 Statesman Henry Clay born, Hanover County, Virginia
  Henry Clay
April 13, 1777 Main body of Georgia militia arrive at Sunbury under the command of Button Gwinnett.
  Button Gwinnett
  Second Florida Expedition
April 14, 1777 Main body of Continental troops, under the command of Lachlan McIntosh arrives at Sunbury.
  Lachlan McIntosh
  Second Florida Expedition
April 15, 1777 Gwinnett, as leader of the militia, attempts to call a council of war. McIntosh and his commanders, trained Continental soldiers, cannot believe that a politician with no military experience has called such a council and do not attend.
  Lachlan McIntosh
  Button Gwinnett
  Second Florida Expedition
April 16, 1777 General Lachlan McIntosh begins to move his Continentals south. Gwinnett orders his militia to stay in Sunbury. When McIntosh finds out about Gwinnett's order he tries to draw supplies to which he is entitled from the quartermaster. Gwinnett has the quartermaster refuse the request.
  Lachlan McIntosh
  Button Gwinnett
  Second Florida Expedition
May 1, 1777 Overshadowed by the McIntosh-Gwinnett feud, Elbert departs from Sunbury heading south to the Georgia-Florida border
  Samuel Elbert
  Second Florida Expedition
  Button Gwinnett
May 1, 1777 General Lachlan McIntosh addresses the General Assembly, denouncing Button Gwinnett by calling him a "scoundrel and lying rascal."
  Button Gwinnett
  Lachlan McIntosh
May 8, 1777 John Adam Treutlen becomes the first elected governor of Georgia
  John Treutlen
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
May 12, 1777 Florida Rangers rout Georgians waiting to meet Samuel Elbert on the Florida side of the St. Mary River
  Samuel Elbert
  Second Florida Expedition
May 15, 1777 Button Gwinnett challenges General Lachlan McIntosh to a duel.
  Lachlan McIntosh
  Button Gwinnett
May 16, 1777 Button Gwinnett, with his second George Wells and Lachlan McIntosh, with his second Col. Joseph Habersham square off in a duel just east of Savannah, Georgia. At 12 paces (about 60 feet), the General and Gwinnett fire pistols. McIntosh sustains an wound in his leg while Gwinnett is shot in the hip. Unaware of the severity of Gwinnett's wound, McIntosh asks if Gwinnett wants to duel again.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Button Gwinnett
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Lachlan McIntosh
May 17, 1777 Georgia Whigs ambushed at Thomas Creek (present-day site of Jacksonville, Florida) in a decisive battle marking the end of the Second Florida Expedition
  Second Florida Expedition
May 19, 1777 Button Gwinnett dies from wounds received in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  Button Gwinnett
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Lachlan McIntosh
May 26, 1777 Second Florida Expedition returns to Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Second Florida Expedition
  Georgia and the American Revolution
June 7, 1777 Georgia passes its first headright law, allowing the leader of the executive branch to give land to individuals to "strengthen the state." No land is granted under this law.
  Georgia headright grants
June 13, 1777 Colonel Daniel Morgan assumes his first Continental command position
  Daniel Morgan
June 17, 1777 400 Creek warriors, George Galphin, Robert Rae and the Georgia Indian commission meet at Ogeechee Old Town. From here the chiefs journeyed to Augusta and Charleston.
  Creek Indians
July 15, 1777 Baron Dekalb is commissioned a Major General in the Continental Army
  Baron DeKalb
July 15, 1777 Governor John Adam Treutlen places a $100 reward on William Henry Drayton. Drayton had been advocating the creation of a single state from Georgia and South Carolina
  John Treutlen
August 6, 1777 Continental General Lachlan McIntosh is ordered to report to George Washington.
  Lachlan McIntosh
  George Washington
September 10, 1777 The state of Georgia authorizes printing of specie, paper money exchangeable for Continental dollars on demand
September 16, 1777 Georgia amends the headright provision to also create a land sales office. No land is granted or sold under this act.
  Georgia headright grants
September 25, 1777 Major General Robert Howe is replaced by Major General Benjamin Lincoln as commander of the Southern Department
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
October 10, 1777 Lachlan McIntosh leaves Georgia to report to Continental Army Commander George Washington. Colonel Samuel Elbert takes command of the Georgia brigade
  Samuel Elbert
  Lachlan McIntosh
November 15, 1777 The Continental Congress Committee of Thirteen, which included Button Gwinnett before his death, proposes the Articles of Confederation. They requested states be ready to ratify the Articles of Confederation by March 10, 1778
  Button Gwinnett
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