Auction 169, Lot 245

Rare Revolutionary War Plan Showing the Siege of Savannah

"Plan of the Siege of Savannah", Smith, Charles

Subject: Savannah, Georgia, Revolutionary War

Period: 1796 (published)

Publication: The Monthly Military Repository

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.1 x 8.4 inches
23.1 x 21.3 cm

This rare Revolutionary War plan details the Siege of Savannah in 1779. A reduced copy of a similar map that appeared in Charles Stedman's The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War, it was published in Charles Smith's The Monthly Military Repository (1796-97), a two-volume magazine that featured notes on military strategy, accounts of various European wars, and chronicles of the American Revolution. Much of the Revolutionary War material was culled from the writings of Baron Steuben and General Horatio Gates, military officers on the American side of the struggle. The plan was engraved by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevre de Saint-Memin, a French engraver better known for his portraits of such historical figures as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Meriwether Lewis.

In 1778, the British, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell, took Savannah. From September 16 to October 18, 1779, an alliance of American and French troops attempted to take the city back, but their siege ultimately failed. This map depicts their valiant effort, showing fortifications, troop positions, encampments, galleys, and more. The battle is notable for the contributions of more than 500 soldiers from the French colony of Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti) and for being where Casimir Pulaski, celebrated as "the father of the American cavalry," was killed.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 786; Wheat & Brun #617.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flat, with light soiling and a binding trim that has been seamlessly replaced with old paper at top right. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/12/2018

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