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Siege of Savannah - September 16 - October 20, 1779

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Siege of Savannah
Siege of Savannah

Historic map of the Siege of Savannah

Under the French admiral the comte d’Estaing, the Patriots assembled one of the most diverse armies of the Revolutionary War to retake British-controlled Savannah, Georgia in 1779.  French troops, Continental Army soldiers, Patriot militias, and a unit from the Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue consisting of armed whites, free blacks, and slaves, surrounded the British defenses with trenches of their own.  Intimidation, bombardment of the city, and eventually a bloody frontal assault failed to dislodge the British defenders, and d’Estaing was forced to abandon the attack.

Image: Battles of the American Revolution, 1876

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