16 September – On this day

The siege consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, from 16 September to 18 October, 1779.

The Siege of Savannah or the Second Battle of Savannah was an encounter of the American Revolutionary War in 1779. The year before, the city of Savannah, Georgia, had been captured by a British expeditionary corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell. The joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, began on 16 September. On 9 October a major assault against the British siege works failed. During the attack, Polish nobleman Count Casimir Pułaski, leading the combined cavalry forces on the American side, was mortally wounded. With the failure of the joint American-French attack, the siege failed, and the British remained in control of Savannah until July 1782, near the end of the war.

Map of the Siege of Savannah
Map of the Siege of Savannah

Of Note:

In 1779, more than 500 recruits from Saint-Domingue, under the overall command of French nobleman Charles Hector, Comte d’Estaing, fought alongside American colonial troops against the British Royal Army during the siege. This was one of the most significant foreign contributions to the American Revolutionary War. This French-colonial force had been established six months earlier and included hundreds of soldiers of colour in addition to white soldiers and some black slaves.