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This Day in Georgia History

September 12, 1779

Military Operations Began on Siege of Savannah

Military operations leading to the siege of Savannah began. With the arrival of darkness, Count d’Estaing’s French troops temporarily stationed on Ossabaw Island boarded a flotilla of ships and sailed twelve miles up the Vernon River to Beaulieu. Here, they would spend the next few days unloading soldiers, arms, artillery, and other military equipment and supplies to be used in the assault on British troops holding Savannah.