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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Revolutionary War: Battle for Augusta

Autumn 1781. General Clarke moved to attack the British and retake Augusta. The fighting was bloody and desperate. Just as the city seemed within his grasp, reinforcements for the British garrison arrived suddenly and unexpectedly from South Carolina. Brown, who was besieged in what was known as the "white house" was wounded in both legs and carried about by two of his men to direct the fighting. Some of the Americans, thinking that Augusta was in their hands, went on an expedition into the countryside to find friends. This confusion caused the British to retake the city, and General Clarke saw his victory evaporate.  Left behind were a number of American dead and wounded, as well as twenty-eight prisoners.
Pictured: General Elijah Clarke.

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