Attack on British Lines

Attack on British Lines (HM33M)

Location: Savannah, GA 31415 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.577', W 81° 5.973'

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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 an episode of far-reaching significance in the American Revolution.
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HM NumberHM33M
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number025-10
Year Placed1952
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:58am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490604 N 3548895
Decimal Degrees32.07628333, -81.09955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.577', W 81° 5.973'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 34.62" N, 81° 5' 58.38" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 302 Fahm Ave, Savannah GA 31415, US
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