Siege of Savannah, Georgia

1778. December 29. Siege of Savannah As the news of the Declaration of Independence reached Georgia, President Bullock read it aloud to a crowd assembled in a public square at the site of the liberty pole. But the celebration got out of control when a few ship captains and Tory merchants were ordered to leave the province. On July 24th, a Whig mob tarred and feathered John Hopkins and paraded him through Savannah streets to the liberty pole where he was forced to drink a toast to American freedom. Another incident was mentioned in the “Recollections of a Georgia Loyalist (1843)” when the Sons of Liberty…

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