Orig. pub. Albany NY 1866. Reprinted 1975. Print on Demand Edition 2020. (iv), 188 pp. + illus. Item #177
In the fall of 1779, an attempt was made by combined French and American forces to recapture the city of Savannah, held by the British since1778 and occupied by a 3,000-man garrison. In September, Admiral d'Estaing sailed to Savannah with a French fleet of 35 ships and 4,000 troops and was joined there by General Lincoln and 1,400 American troops. Although the allied forces were clearly superior, the final assault was unsuccessful and Savannah remained in British hands until 1782. This is a compilation by editor Hough of primary sources for this important military engagement, drawn heavily from Rivington's Royal Gazette, a Tory paper. It includes correspondence between the commanders involved, a letter from Lincoln to Congress, and eyewitness accounts of the siege by British, French, and American participants. He introduces these documents with a careful examination of the circumstances and events which led to the siege and the reasons why it failed.