In 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the British captured Savannah GA, which was a major port in the south. In late 1779, the American forces in Georgia and South Carolina, joined by French troops and with the assistance of the French Navy, launched a major campaign to recapture the city. The British had constructed a series of small defensive positions, known as “redoubts” to defend themselves. One of these was on Spring Hill, in present-day downtown Savannah. On October 9, 1779, the 9,000 American and French troops made a one-hour assault against the 3,200 British defenders, focused mostly at the Spring Hill Redoubt. The entrenched British fought off the attack, killing or wounding over 800 American and French troops while losing only 100 of their own. Today a replica of the British position at Spring Hill Redoubt has been built on the spot.