- ›› Coverage Geographical : Savannah
Glossary Term – Event
Under orders from British general Henry Clinton, Archibald Campbell’s army captured Savannah, Georgia, an important port city. British forces held Savannah for the duration of the war.
Glossary Term – Place
During the American Revolution, Savannah, Georgia, was a British stronghold in the South. The British captured Savannah in December 1778 and held it for the duration of the war despite a French and American attempt on the city in 1779. The British finally evacuated Savannah in July 1782.
The colony of Georgia was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, a British Member of Parliament. Oglethorpe planned Savannah as a place where the poor could come to make a better life. This image of the year-old settlement in 1734 shows a grid of streets and squares carefully planned out by Oglethorpe.