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Shrieks from Women & Children: Refugee Family in the Revolution

Dan Johnson, a former managing editor of The Press and Standard, will present a program on the American Revolution at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Colleton Museum. 

The program traces the travails of Sarah McIntosh, her two daughters and her three young sons. At the beginning of the war, British forces based in Florida raided incessantly into South Georgia, placing the McIntosh home at Darien in the midst of a combat zone and causing Sarah to move her family to the supposed safety of Savannah. After British invaders captured Savannah, the family became trapped behind enemy lines. While French and American forces laid siege to Savannah, Sarah and her children huddled in a basement and endured horrific artillery bombardments. When the British eventually released them, they travelled to the supposed safe haven of Camden, S.C. Just before the British captured Camden, the family evacuated to North Carolina. The family continued wandering around the South before finding refuge in Virginia, where Governor Thomas Jefferson provided funds for the family’s sustenance. After the war ended, the family returned to Savannah.

Earlier Event: November 6
Later Event: November 29
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