"Come and take it" is a historic slogan, first used in the Battle of Thermopylae as "Molon labe", and later came to the United States and was first seen in the United States during the American Revolution against the British.
When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterwards, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury (Midway, Georgia) was fortified and garrisoned by 200 American Patriots.
In 1778 at Fort Morris in the Province of Georgia during the American Revolutionary War, a contingent of British soldiers attempted to take the fort in November 1778. The American contingent at Fort Morris was led by Lt. Colonel John McIntosh (c. 1748-1826). The Americans numbered only 127 Continental soldiers plus militiamen and local citizens. The fort itself was crudely constructed and could not have withstood any concerted attack.
On November 25, 1778, British commander, Colonel Fuser, demanded Fort Morris' surrender through a written note to the American rebels. Although Colonel McIntosh was clearly outnumbered (he had only about 200 men plus artillery), his defiant written response to the British demand stated the following:
"COME AND TAKE IT!"
According to scholars, the British declined to attack, in large part due to their lack of intelligence regarding other forces in the area. Colonel Fuser believed a recent skirmish in the area, combined with Colonel McIntosh's bravado, might have reflected reinforcements and so the British withdrew.
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