This is a 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the American Revolutionary War - Siege of Charleston. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
There were two Battles of Charleston in the American Revolutionary War. The 1st was a two day battle in 1776 and the 2nd was a siege in 1780 that lasted for several months. The first campaign, also known as the “Battle of Sullivan’s Island” blunted the British threat in the southern theater for 3 years, and the 2nd, while a defeat for the Americans, did not result in a cessation of hostilities in the south.
While Clinton's army approached, Lincoln worked to prepare Charleston to withstand a siege. He was aided in this by Governor John Rutledge who ordered 600 slaves to construct new fortifications across the neck between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. This was fronted by a defensive canal. Only possessing 1,100 Continentals and 2,500 militia, Lincoln lacked the numbers to face Clinton in the field.
Lincoln's situation further worsened when Fort Moultrie fell to British forces. On May 8th, Clinton demanded that the Americans unconditionally surrender. Refusing, Lincoln again attempted to negotiate for an evacuation. The defeat at Charleston was a disaster for American forces in the South and saw the elimination of the Continental Army in the region.
The surrender at Charleston ranks as the US Army's 3rd largest surrender behind the Fall of Bataan (1942) and Battle of Harper's Ferry (1862).
The presentation covers the following:
Map of the Battle
Fall of Savannah
Advancing Towards Charleston
Preparations to Fight
Fort Moultrie Falls
End of Presentation
This is one of several power point presentations that I offer in my stores on... The American Revolutionary War.