On October 9, 1779 American, British and French armies clashed on the west side of Savannah, Georgia in the Battle of Savannah. The armies included soldiers from modern-day Haiti, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, England and Poland. African-American and Native American soldiers also participated in the deadly conflict that proved to be one of the costliest for the American in the American Revolution. Coastal Heritage Society in partnership with the LAMAR Institute unearthed evidence of this battle. Excavations conducted from 2005 to 2011 uncovered startling discoveries including trenches, fortifications and battle debris. You can visit the site of the battle at Battlefield Memorial Park on the corner of Louisville Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
When the American Revolution began Georgia was unprepared for War. In September 1778 the Rebel Executive council authorized $3000 to be spent on a fortification system to protect the Savannah shipping channel. A mud battery was erected at the present location of Old Fort Jackson.