SS8H3 – Georgia in the American Revolution

Primary Sources

Use the links at the bottom of the thumbnails to see the original item on the relevant site or to download a PDF. For a full bibliography of sources for this set see the teacher guide. Continue to page two for other literary and informational texts, links to websites and suggested search terms.

Letters from Governor Sir James Wright to the Earl of
Dartmouth and Lord George Germain, Secretaries of
State for America, from August 34, 1774, to February
16, 1789. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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Link to full GHS Collections Volume 3

List of Loyalists Whose Lands Were Confiscated, 1780s. Historians estimate that about 20% of the American population remained loyal to the Crown during the Revolution, and most, like those on this list, paid a high price for their loyalty, losing everything they had.Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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On January 18, 1777, Congress, sitting in Baltimore, ordered that copies of the Declaration of Independence printed by Mary Katherine Goddard of Baltimore be sent to the states to be recorded in the states’ official records. On March 2, 1777, Georgia’s copy was recorded as an official record.
Link to full record on Georgia’s Virtual Vault

This letter was written by Abigal Minis, one of the earliest Georgia colonists and supporter of the Patriots during the American Revolution. In the letter she is asking for help in gaining reimbursement for the assistance she provided the Continental Army during the Siege of Savannah. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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Account written by Elizabeth Lichtenstein Johnston, a loyalist living in the Savannah area during the American Revolution. Her book provides one of the most detailed descriptions of what life was like for women during the American Revolution.
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Link to record on Internet Archive

The November 14, 1765 edition of the Georgia Gazette reported on various reactions to the unpopular Stamp Act in the colonies. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society
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The November 21, 1765 edition of the Georgia Gazette was the last until May 21, 1766. The article shown here deals largely with the controversial Stamp Act. The publisher has chosen to print a speech given in the Massachusetts General Assembly in answer to a speech given by the Royal Governor Fra. Bernard. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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Link to Governor Bernard’s Speech

Map showing the plan of the Siege of Savannah, with the joint attack of the French and Americans on the 9th October 1779. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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