Original American Revolutionary War 12Lb Cannon Ball Recovered from The Siege Of Savannah
Original Item: Only One Available. The Siege of Savannah or the Second Battle of Savannah was an encounter of the American Revolutionary War in 1779. The year before, the city of Savannah, Georgia, had been captured by a British expeditionary corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell. The siege itself consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, from September 16 to October 18, 1779. On October 9 a major assault against the British siege works failed. During the attack, Polish nobleman Count Casimir Pulaski, leading the combined cavalry forces on the American side, was mortally wounded. With the failure of the joint American-French attack, the siege failed, and the British remained in control of Savannah until July 1782, near the end of the war.
In 1779, more than 500 recruits from Saint-Domingue (France's colony which became Haiti two decades later, after a massive slave revolt), under the overall command of French nobleman Charles Hector, Comte d'Estaing, fought alongside American colonial troops against the British Army during the siege of Savannah. This was one of the most significant foreign contributions to the American Revolutionary War. This French-colonial force had been established six months earlier and included hundreds of soldiers of color in addition to white soldiers and some black slaves.
This is a very nice solid shot 12 pound iron cannon ball with a very clear large "BROAD ARROW" marking. Reportedly recovered at the battle site and remaining in a private collection for many years. It is marked in faint white paint "Savannah 1778" and the broad arrow has alsio been highlighted in white paint.
4 1/2" in diameter you still need two hands to pick this up and it comes with it's own display stand being a short piece of black plastic piping.
Just perfect for your desk!
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