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George Dameron served two years in the war from 1777 to 1779 when he was taken prisoner until the end of the war. He first enlisted under Captain John Dooly, commander of a horse in Pittsylvania County and was stationed at Ft. Dooly. From there he was at Herds Fort, and finally sent to the Georgia frontier under Lt. Cannon at a fort located on the Ogeechee River (Fort James) surrounded by Tories and Indians. Then, he was at Masons Fort on the Georgia frontier, then at Augusta under Captain Burrell Smith. To research the broad stroke which the pension of Dameron described his service, it is necessary to follow Captain Burrell Smith. This officer was killed on August 8, 1779 at Woffords Iron Works in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dameron mentioned that his last service was in Savannah. Apparently, after Woffords Iron Works his regiment was sent to Savannah to participate in the siege during the fall of 1779 where he was captured.
The siege of Savannah was the second deadliest battle of the Revolutionary War. It was the most serious military confrontation in Georgia between British and the Continental troops. During this confrontation, the Americans, with help from French forces, failed to liberate the city from its yearlong occupation by the British. The Continental army's failure to recapture Savannah was a signal victory for the British in a distinctly international affair. Therefore, while reading the pensions of Revolutionary War Soldiers, the genealogist has to research the surrounding history to ascertain all of the facts.
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