Sunday, October 31, 2010
Evacuation of Savannah in 1782
11 Jul 1782 the British captured Savannah. Major Habersham's new recruits were in charge of the city and left to join the remainder of the American tgroops, joining General Green was camped on the Ashley River in South Carolina. The loyalist families gathered in the city and laid their hands on everything that they could possibly command. All moveable property that could be secured was taken away, along with five thousand Negroes which had been plundered from the settlers, were carried off. The State was drained of everything and left in a crippled and dismantled condition. That evening the British troops paraded down the street and their commander, General Wayne received the formal surrender of the town.