Sunbury (Fort Morris), Georgia

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Sunbury (Fort Morris), Georgia

SUNBURY (FORT MORRIS), GEORGIA. 9 January 1779. British capture. Major Joseph Lane was left with two hundred Continentals to defend this place when the rest of General Robert Howe's Southern army left for the operation that ended in the British capture of Savannah, 29 December 1778. General Augustine Prevost left St. Augustine on 23 December with about two thousand men and attacked Sunbury on 6 January. Three days later the British got their artillery into position, and Lane surrendered. American casualties were four killed and seven wounded; the British captured twenty-four cannon and a quantity of stores, losing one man killed and three wounded.

SEE ALSO Savannah, Georgia (29 December 1778).

                              revised by Michael Bellesiles

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