When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
September 16, 1779 Failed Siege of Savannah
The Siege of Savannah was also known as the Second Battle of Savannah. The year before, the city had been captured by a British expeditionary corps under Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell. The siege itself consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, from September 16 to October 18, 1779. More than 500 recruits from Saint-Domingue (the French colony which later became Haiti), under the overall command of French nobleman Charles Hector, Comte d’Estaing, fought alongside American colonial troops against the British Army during the siege of Savannah.
On October 9, however, a major assault against the British siege works failed. During the attack, Polish nobleman Brigadier General Casimir Pułaski, leading the combined cavalry forces on the American side, was mortally wounded. With the failure of the joint attack, the siege was abandoned, and the British remained in control of Savannah until July 1782, near the end of the war.
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