A twelve-mile tract of land in the western part of the state, often called the \"Orphan Strip,\" was claimed in the early 1800s by North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Georgia called it Walton County. South Carolina said their settlers were there in 1786. North Carolina said their state was formed before Georgia. Jackson traces the claims and counter-claims among the states. The issue was finally settled at MaGaha Branch in January 1811, in what is called the Walton War. After 200 North Carolina militiamen fought an unorganized band of Georgians, the property became the sole possession of North Carolina.