Today In History- May 12

Today In History- May 12


American Revolutionary War: Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.

Siege of Charleston stunning victory for British.

  • Charleston, South Carolina

On May, 12, 1780, the British finally took over Charleston, South Carolina, after months of colonial resistance.  The siege of Charleston is remembered as among the most disastrous defeats for the Continental Army, especially with American General Benjamin Lincoln being surrounded and having to surrender his 5000 man army.  In the months following the siege, Clinton placed General Cornwallis in command of the outposts set up all over South Carolina, though was severely challenged by the rise of guerilla forces whose hit and run tactics destroyed many British field infantry units.

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