Francis John Skelly diary
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Francis John Skelly diary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Skelly, Francis John.
Title: Francis John Skelly diary
Dates: 1779
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0937

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis John Skelly was a British soldier who served in Georgia under Major General Prevost during the Revolutionary War.

Scope and Content Note

This diary consists of copies of 10 pages of entries made between April and November of 1779. Francis John Skelly lists daily troop movements under the command of Maj. Gen. Prevost from Ebenezer, Georgia to Port Royal, South Carolina, and describes a skirmish with "Rebels" led by "Polaskey" (Pulaski) in which the American forces were defeated. The diary is a photocopy of the original in the Huntington Library of San Marino, California.

Index Terms

Prévost, Augustine, approximately 1725-1786.
Pułaski, Kazimierz, 1747-1779.
Skelly, Francis John.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Location of Originals

Original diary held in the Huntington Library of San Marino, California.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Francis John Skelly diary, MS 937, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alexander A. Lawrence, 1964.


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

Item 1: Francis John Skelly diary pages, 1779 ( 10.0 p. )