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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Attack on British Lines

October 9, 1779

 
 
Attack on British Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 22, 2013
1. Attack on British Lines Marker
Inscription. 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 an episode of far-reaching significance in the American Revolution.
 
Erected 1952 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-10.)
 
Marker series.
Attack on British Lines Marker at the parking lot entrance to Savannah Visitor Center and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 22, 2013
2. Attack on British Lines Marker at the parking lot entrance to Savannah Visitor Center and Museum
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.577′ N, 81° 5.973′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard / West Broad St. near Liberty Street. Touch for map. Located in the Savannah Visitors Center Parking Lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
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 Path (about 300 feet away); Spring 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 . . .  The Siege and Battle of Savannah. 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.)
Era Fort image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. Era Fort
 
 
Categories. Notable EventsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort view image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Fort view
Battlefield Park 's Recreated Revolutionary Fort image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Battlefield Park 's Recreated Revolutionary Fort
Fort at new Battlefield Park, Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
6. Fort at new Battlefield Park, Savannah
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,369 times since then and 48 times this year. 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. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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