THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
July 4, 1776 to 1783
Dec. 29 -- The city of Savannah falls to British Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, who sets his sites on marching to Charles Town by land.
Mar. 28 -- Sir Henry Clinton and his troops arrive and make camp at Drayton Hall along the Ashley River.
Mar. 30 -- Leading a large contingent of British soldiers, Sir Henry Clinton set up camp near what today is Hampton Park and began bringing his troops over at Gibbes’ Landing. In his journal, a Hessian jager (or sharpshooter) Capt. Johann Ewald relates that they were posted at Grove Plantation, where he “did picket duty in one of the most beautiful pleasure gardens of the world.”
Apil 1 -- In his journal, British Capt. Johann Ewald records “The county around Gibbes’ house has been made a park and depot for the siege, and the greenhouse is a laboratory.”
Nov. 18 -- Lt. Col. William Washington was transferred to Charleston.
Aug. 17 -- Capt. Archibald Broun, a Revolutionary hero of Brounsfield Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, married Mary Deas, the daughter of his wealthy neighbors, John and Elizabeth Allen Deas of Thoroughgood Plantation.
Oct. 5 -- Henry Laurens earns the unique distinction of becoming the only American to ever be held prisoner in the Tower of London, following his arrest for high treason.
Aug. 27 -- In the waning days of the American Revolution, John Laurens was shot off his horse and mortally wounded.