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On this Day 12/29/1778
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British capture Savannah, Georgia


British Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell and his troops of between two thousand five hundred and three thousand six hundred troops, which included the Seventy-First Highland Regiment, New York Loyalists, and German Hessian Mercenaries, launch a surprise attack on American troops defending Savannah, Georgia.

American Major General Robert Howe and his paltry troops of between six hundred fifty men and nine hundred men were severely out-numbered. Lieutenant Colonel Campbell also outflanked the Continental Army by locating a path through the swamp to the right of the American Patriot position.

Major General Howe ordered the city of Savannah, Georgia to be evacuated and the Continental Army to withdraw from combat. During the process, the Georgia Brigade took heavy losses when it was cut off from Major General Howe's other troops.

The American Patriot troops lost eighty-three men and another four hundred eighty-three were captured, while the British troops lost only three men and another ten were wounded. Savannah, Georgia remained under British control until the Redcoats left of their own accord on July 11, 1782.

French and American troops held Savannah, Georgia under siege from September 23, 1778 to October 18, 1779 but failed to reclaim the city. The French troops included five hundred free Haitians of African descent, calling themselves the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint Dominigue.

Troops of African descent fighting for the Patriot cause was an anomaly during the southern campaign, most American slaves attempted to flee and join British troops, as they had no desire to defend their Patriot masters' right to enslave them.

Many of the Volontaires themselves later went on to rebel against French control of Haiti. In fact, the Volontaires twelve year old drummer, Henri Christoph, commanded Haiti's revolutionary Army and later became King of Haiti.



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Archibald Campbell British Lieutenant Colonel
Robert Howe American Major General
Henri Christoph Haiti leader and King


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