Alexander A. Lawrence collection on Archibald Campbell
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Alexander A. Lawrence collection on Archibald Campbell

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lawrence, Alexander A., 1906-1979.
Title: Alexander A. Lawrence collection on Archibald Campbell
Dates: 1778
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0119

Biographical/Historical Note

Sir Archibald Campbell (1739-1791) was born in Scotland and served with the Army and the East India Company in the West Indies and Bengal before the American Revolution. Campbell was Lt. Col. of the British 71st Regiment during the Revolution, and he was in command of the 1778 expedition against Georgia. He captured Savannah in December 1778 and remained as commanding officer in Georgia until he returned to England in 1779. He was a member of Parliament, 1774-1780.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three photocopied items concerning Archibald Campbell's expedition to Georgia in 1778. The first items is a letter appointing Campbell the leader of the Georgia expedition, dated New York, November 3, 1778. The letter was written by Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, Chief of a commission sent to America to settle disturbances, Sir Henry Clinton, Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America, and William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland and a member of Carlisle's Commission. The last two items are returns of casualties suffered by Campbell's force and prisoners taken during his conquest of Savannah, dated December 29, 1778.

Index Terms

Campbell, Archibald, 1739-1791.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Great Britain. Army. Regiment, 71st.
Letters (correspondence)
Returns (military reports)
Savannah (Ga.)--History.

Location of Originals

Original letter located in the New York Public Library; locations of other originals unknown.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alexander A. Lawrence collection on Archibald Campbell, MS 119, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alexander A. Lawrence, 1952.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Carlisle, et al, to Sir Archibald Campbell. New York, 1778 November 3
Appointing Campbell commander of expedition against Georgia to re-establish civil government in Georgia and South Carolina. Signers: Carlisle, H. Clinton, Wm. Eden. Letter marked "Most secret." Photocopy.


1Return of the killed and wounded of the Detachment of His Majesty's Forces under the command of Lt. Colonel Archibald Campbell in the action of the 29th of December 1778 ( 1.0 p. )


1Return of Prisoners of War taken in Action, 29th December 1778. By His Majesty's Forces Under the Command of Lieut. Colonel Archibald Campbell of the 71st Regiment ( 1.0 p. )