Map of French siege of Savannah

Map of French siege of Savannah

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Prevost, George, Sir, 1767-1816
Title: Map of French siege of Savannah
Dates: 1779
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms2062

Biographical/Historical Note

Sir George Prevost was an army officer and colonial administrator. He was born 19 May 1767 in New Jersey, the eldest son of Augustin Pre�vost and Nanette (Ann) Grand. He married on 19 May 1789 Catherine Anne Phipps, and they had five children, one of whom died in infancy George Prevost died 5 Jan. 1816 in London, England, and was buried in East Barnet (London).

Seige of Savannah (1779). Comte Jean Baptiste Hector d'Estaing with about 4,500 soldiers, joined by Benjamin Lincoln with about 2,100 Americans, sought to wrest Savannah from the British, who had about 2,500 defenders. After a siege of three weeks, on 9 October 1779 a general assault resulted in a disastrous failure. More than 1,000 of the attacking forces were killed, including Count Casimir Pulaski and Sergeant William Jasper, of Fort Moultrie fame. Lack of coordination and under-standing between the French and Americans was considered to be the reason for the defeat.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a photograph of a map of defensive measures of the Royal English Army at Savannah in South America in 1779 under the command of General Prevost and the direction of Major of Engineers Moncrieff. Includes some annotations. The negative is also included.

Index Terms

Great Britain--Defenses--Photographs.
Maps, Military--Photographs.
Negatives (photographic)
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Savannah (Ga.)--Maps--Photographs.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Map of French siege of Savannah, MS 2062. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS Folder
1AMap, 1779