Yamacraw Village in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Attack on British Lines
October 9, 1779
Over this ground, hallowed by the valor and the sacrifice of the soldiery of America and of France, was fought October 9, 1779, one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution when Savannah, which the British had possessed for several months, was attacked by the combined American and French forces.
A short distance west of this marker stood the famous Spring Hill Redoubt and along here ran the line of entrenchments built by the British around Savannah. After a three weeks siege, the Allies stormed the enemy works in this area early on October 9th.
Arrayed in the opposing armies that day were soldiers of many lands -- American Continentals, Grenadiers of Old France, Irishmen in the service of King Louis XVI, Polish Lancers, French Creoles, and Negro volunteers from Haiti, fighting for American Independence against English Redcoats, Scotch Highlanders, Hessians, Royalist provincials from New York, Tory militia, armed slaves, and Cherokee Indians.
After an heroic effort to dislodge the British the Allies retired with heavy losses. Thus the siege was lifted, and the French fleet sailed from Georgia, ending
Erected 1952 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-10.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 9, 1779.
Location. 32° 4.577′ N, 81° 5.973′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in Yamacraw Village. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard / West Broad St. near Liberty Street. Located in the Savannah Visitors Center Parking Lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Savannah (a few steps from this marker); Central of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah Besieged (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Savannah (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Casimir Pulaski Sergeant William Jasper (about 300 feet away); Great Indian Warrior / Trading PathSpring Hill Redoubt (about 300 feet away); Lt. Col John Harris Cruger (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . .
1. American Revolution: Battle of Savannah. Thought Co. entry (Submitted on February 16, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. William Jasper. Wikipedia biography:
Sgt. William Jasper, trying to rally his men to hold the line against the British grabbed the colors from the wall of the Spring Hill redoubt. He was struck and mortally wounded by British fire. (Submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) (Submitted on February 16, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,849 times since then and 34 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 3, 2021. Photos: 1. submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2. submitted on January 23, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5, 6. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 7. submitted on February 16, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.