Butts County, GA Freshet, Jun 1827

Freshet in Georgia. A letter to the editor of the Milledgeville Journal, dated Butts county, June 14, furnishes the following particulars. The amount of property destroyed, and the inconveniences attending the recent rise of the waters in many sections of the country are incalculable. The Towaliga rose higher by 15 feet, than it was ever known to rise before, and the rapidity of the current was so great that it bore away every house that was situated on or near its banks, dwelling houses, store houses, mills, &c. were seen floating down the stream in our promiscuous assemblage, presenting to the eye of a spectator a scene of desolation. The crops have been materially injured in many parts of the country, and many lives lost; two men, one by the name of Daniel, and the other Scott, were drowned in attempting to cross over the Towaliga--about the same time two old revolutionary soldiers, who had drawn land in the newly acquired territory, being on their way to visit it, reached Flint River about 40 miles below the Agency, when the water was at its height, and being desirous of pursuing their journey, engaged two men to take them across. The bank being low and flat on the opposite side, the water had extended about a mile from the main current, and having crossed the current, the violence of the waves were so rapid that it dashed the flat against two trees, which caused it to sink, and left to our veterans no other alternative but to seek refuge on those trees, which they did, by climbing them.

Mr. Bailey, one of the veterans, took to a large tree without any limbs that he could reach, except one about 15 feet from its base, which with much difficulty he gained, and remained there 52 hours, destitute of water and provisions, or any sustenance whatever. The fork that he gained was so narrow that he could rest only by bearing his whole weight on one foot at a time, alternately shifting his position. In this wretched situation he continued Saturday, 1 o'clock, in an agony of intolerable suffering. Every expedient was tried which invention could suggest to alleviate their misery. Mr. Dawson, (the other veteran) took another tree but his situation was much less painful. The two ferrymen being young and active, ascended the trees much higher than the old soldiers, where there was grape vines, which they interwove in such a manner as to form a kind of bed, on which they could rest in security, and one of them in order to supply himself with water, fastened vines to his hat, by which means he could obtain drink at pleasure. Although eight or ten men assembled on the bank, yet the current was so rapid, so aid could be rendered them until the waters in some degree subsided, which was on Saturday about one o'clock, when they were relieved by the exertions of the individuals before mentioned.

Connecticut Courant, Hartford, CT 16 Jul 1827