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This Day in Georgia History

December 29, 1778

Savannah Fell to British

Savannah fell to a British force of 2,000 soldiers under Col. Archibald Campbell. Gen. Robert Howe and a force of 700 patriots had defended the road into the city, but a black slave named Quamino Dolly led a contingent of British troops commanded by Sir James Baird on a path through the swamp so that they were able to surprise the Americans from the rear. The patriots were routed and fled. Meanwhile, a British fleet sailed up the river, capturing eleven American vessels. By the end of the day, over 100 patriots had been killed and 450 captured. For the first time in two years, the British flag flew over Savannah.