Archives nationales (France) collection on the Siege of Savannah
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Archives nationales (France) collection on the Siege of Savannah

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Archives nationales (France)
Title: Archives nationales (France) collection on the Siege of Savannah
Dates: 1779
Extent: 0.04 cubic feet (2 microfilm rolls)
Identification: MS 1494

Biographical/Historical Note

The Archives nationales (National Archives) of France began in 1790 during the French Revolution. A state decree of 1794 mandated that all pre-French Revolution archives, both private and public, that were seized by revolutionaries be centralized. Through a law passed in 1796 creating department archives, the Archives nationales was created.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of microfilm copies of materials concerning the 1779 Siege of Savannah, Georgia, from the Marine series B, volumes 166 and 167, at the Archives nationales (Paris, France). Included are a draft of the observations of Count d'Estaing and his report to M. de Sartine (p. 343-404); the Orderly Book of General d'Estaing's headquarters from his landing at Beaulieu until his embarkation five weeks later (p. 266-310); a transcript of the original Journal Du Siege de Savannah by Antoine Francois Terance O'Connor, including Count d'Estaing's commentaries and observations copied in the parallel column.

These materials were microfilmed by the Library of Congress for Alexander A. Lawrence, President of the Georgia Historical Society, in 1949 and 1950.

Index Terms

Archives nationales (France)
Estaing, Charles Henri, comte d', 1729-1794.
Journals (accounts)
Orderly books.
Sartine, Antoine de, comte d'Alby, 1729-1801.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Siege, 1779.

Location of Originals

Original records in the Archives nationales in Paris, France.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Archives nationales (France) collection on the Siege of Savannah, MS 1494, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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.

Permission to publish must be requested from the Archives Nationales in Paris, France.


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

Container List



1X-1494-01. Archives nationales. Series Marine B (volume 166.)


2X-1494-02. Archives nationales. Series Marine B (volume 167.)