Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
The Capture of Savannah December 29, 1778
Just before the battle for Savannah occurred in late December of 1778, the southern Anishinabek obviously controlled the region circling the city limits of Savannah. In late December of 1778, a force of over 4,300 English soldiers made their way to the Savannah region to combat the brave soldiers from the Southern Anishinabe Confederation who held the unwanted white fortified city in their hands. The large English military force under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell, set sail from New York City then reached the coast just off of Savannah then landed their forces. Their goals were to bring Savannah and other nearby coastal cities back under white control. After landing, the large force of English soldiers marched to Savannah and encountered little military opposition from the Southern Anishinabe Confederation, which possibly means the leaders of the Southern Anishinabe Confederation were not expecting any white English reinforcements to arrive. They were caught off guard! If historians are correct about this military engagement, there was little fighting that occurred and nearly 500 Indian soldiers were captured probably in Savannah, then probably killed later on. Another 83 were possibly killed in the battle that occurred on December 29, 1778. For about 2 and a half years the southern English colonies were under Indian control, but this battle signaled an end was coming. Though the English had recaptured Savannah the southern Anishinabek would return later on in the following year, to attempt to recapture Savannah.