Event Summary

Charleston falls to British assault from sea and land

Date

May 12, 1780

Description

Revolutionary general Benjamin Lincoln loses town to combined assault from Admiral Marriott Arbuthot and General George Clinton, after a siege of three months. 5000 Continental army soldiers surrendered. Loss seen at time as serious blow to Revolution's prospects.

Lecture

Navy/Warfare

Timeline 1

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815