Charleston, battle of

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Charleston, battle of, 1780. In 1779 the British decided to concentrate on the southern states in America in order to encourage the loyalists. Clinton took a strong expedition from New York to Georgia and moved north to besiege Charleston, the largest town in the south. After a close investment and heavy fighting, the defenders surrendered on 12 May 1780. Clinton took 6,000 prisoners and many guns. But the political response was disappointing.

J. A. Cannon