Siege of Savannah

Siege of Savannah

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  • Now Savannah it's ours!
  • YES
  • Do we need French soldiers to help us?
  • In 1778, the British were looking on the southern colonies because they believed that the crown could get large support from the Loyalist population. On December 29, 1778, Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell, the leader of a British army, captured the city of Savannah.
  • We are here!
  • In the fall of 1779, Americans decided to take their city back. They knew they had to make a big plan because this was extremely important.
  • Let's start with the operations
  • The American armies were about 7000 men and based in South Carolina. Their leader was General Benjamin Lincoln where he thought that to recapture Savannah, they would need help from the French military.
  • We have to protect this city
  • On September 3, Charles Hector d'Estaing was on the way to Savannah bringing 4000 French soldiers in warships. The alliance between the Americans and the French began. The more soldiers, the easier could be to win the war.
  • On September 11, Lincoln left South Carolina with his group to meet d'Estaing. On September 16, d'Estaing started sabotages and planning against the city since they arrived first.
  • When everyone finally arrived, the Alliance was over 5000 men. The British army, ruled by General Augustine Prevost was more than 3000 men trying to defend Savannah. 
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