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This Day in Georgia History

September 16, 1779

Siege of Savannah Launched

Continental Amy Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln and French admiral Count d’Estaing launched the siege of Savannah, an important event in the Revolutionary War in Georgia. D’Estaing sent a surrender ultimatum to Gen. Augustine Prevost, commander of the British forces holding Savannah. Prevost asked for 24 hours to consider the demand, During the truce, Prevost forces were reinforced by British troops from Beaufort, S.C., and he declined the surrender.