General Pulaski Historic Marker

General Casimir Pulaski and American patriot, Sergeant William Jasper both fell in battle while assaulting British Defenses not far from this marker located on the Visitors Center grounds. Hard fought skirmishes ranged over this hallowed ground, fought by the soldiers of America and of France against the British. The battle was fought on October 9, 1779, one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution when Savannah, which had been in British possession for several months, was attacked by the combined American and French forces. A short distance west of this marker stood the famous Spring Hill Redoubt and along here ran the line of entrenchments built by the British around Savannah. After a three weeks' siege, the Allies stormed the enemy works in this area on the early morning of October 9th.

Arrayed in the opposing armies that day were soldiers of many lands - American Continentals, Grenadiers of Old France, Irishmen in the service of King Louis XVI, Polish Lancers, French Creoles, and Negro volunteers from Haiti fighting in the cause of American Independence against English Redcoats, Scotch Highlanders, Hessians, Royalist Provincials from New York, Tory militia, armed slaves, and Cherokee Indians. After an heroic effort to dislodge the British the Allies retired with heavy losses. The siege was lifted, and the French fleet sailed from Georgia, ending an episode of far reaching significance in the American Revolution.