Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
For most of the Revolutionary War, Savannah was an armed camp. With the approach of an allied French and American army in the fall of 1779, the British defenders of Savannah began improving and constructing a series of fourteen redoubts outside the town and a similar number of cannon emplacements.
This modern reconstruction of a redoubt, designed in part from a British field manual of the era, symbolizes the original Spring Hill redoubt. Archaeologists discovered the actual location of the Spring Hill redoubt, ahead to your right. It is now represented by the small berm.
Location. 32° 4.539′ N, 81° 5.975′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Louisville Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in Tricentennial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Savannah (within shouting distance of this marker); Central of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Savannah (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack on British Lines (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt Joseph Lawton Major General Anthony Wayne (about 300 feet away); Charles Pidcock (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
More about this marker. A map at the upper right of the marker contains the caption “A portion of a British battle map shows how the redoubts formed a connected ring of defense. The redoubts (marked with numbers) were within musket firing range of each other. Letters show the British units stationed in and around the area. A thick barrier of cut tree limbs, called an abates, slowed attackers and helped protect the redoubts as well.”
Below this is an illustration that has a caption of “These drawings of a typical redoubt of the period from the British military manual Elements of Field Fortification were used to build the memorial where you stand. In the trench of the actual redoubt, archeologists found evidence of palisades – vertical posts making a barrier for attacking forces.”
Also see . . . The Battle of Savannah. (Submitted on August 8, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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