The Fall of Charleston

1780. March 12. The Fall of Charleston. The fall of Charleston occurred on May 12, 1780, was perhaps the worst defeat Americans suffered during the entire Revolution.

Subsequent British victories at the Waxhaws, Camden, and Fishing Creek eliminated much of the southern Continental army and made the British confident that the South was theirs. Events in the North and South led to a feeling of Patriot desperation by the summer of 1780.

In December 1779, the British Commander-in-Chief in America, General Sir Henry Clinton, left New York City with a fleet of ninety…

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