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January 1, 1776 The Continental Congress recommends an attack on Florida
January 7, 1776 Lachlan McIntosh appointed Colonel of Georgia troops
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Lachlan McIntosh
January 12, 1776 British Man o' War appears at Tybee with a detachment of troops from Boston
January 14, 1776 William Bartram returns to Augusta, Georgia
  William Bartram
January 18, 1776 James Wright, John Mullryne, Josiah Tatnall and Anthony Stokes are ordered to be arrested, their associates disarmed. Wright is arrested the same day by Major Joseph Habersham.
  James Wright
January 20, 1776 Georgia provincial congress begins session.
January 22, 1776 Archibald Bulloch elected President of the Council of Safety
  Archibald Bulloch
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
  Georgia and the American Revolution
February 2, 1776 Provincial congress elects Archibald Bulloch, John Houstoun, Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton as representatives to the 2nd Continental Congress
  Lyman Hall
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Button Gwinnett
  Archibald Bulloch
  George Walton
February 7, 1776 The Georgia Gazette prints its last known issue.
February 11, 1776 Royal Governor James Wright, who had been placed under house arrest in January, flees the Governor's mansion in Savannah. He remains with the British Fleet, then anchored off the coast near the Savannah River
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Wright
February 13, 1776 Gov. Wright requests provisioning for the troops aboard the British ships at Tybee, promising the troops will not attack if provisioned
  James Wright
February 16, 1776 Col. Lachlan McIntosh, commander of Amercan forces in Georgia, informs General Washington of of five British warships in Tybee Inlet. (Syren, Scarborough, Raven, Tamer, and Cherokee)
  Lachlan McIntosh
  George Washington
February 16, 1776 Georgia's militia officers sign loyalty oath to the radicals
February 27, 1776 The Continental Congress creates the Southern Military Department of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
  Georgia and the American Revolution
March 1, 1776 Major General Charles Lee is appointed head of the Southern Department
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
March 17, 1776 Politician Joel Abbott is born, Ridgefield, CN.
April 5, 1776 Archibald Bulloch writes letter to Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett, and George Walton giving them great latitude in voting at the Second Continental Congress
  Lyman Hall
  Button Gwinnett
  Archibald Bulloch
  George Walton
April 15, 1776 Georgia passes the 'Rules and Regulations,' a document generally viewed as the first constitution of the state.
May 1, 1776 Archibald Bulloch elected first executive of Georgia, President of the Council of Safety
  Archibald Bulloch
May 1, 1776 200 Creek Indians meet with representatives of the Georgia government in Augusta.
  Creek Indians
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Creek Indians at Augusta
May 21, 1776 Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall arrive in Philadelphia to attend the Second Continental Congress
June 28, 1776 Bombardment of Sullivans Island (Fort Sullivan, now Fort Moultrie) begins
June 28, 1776 Before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Lt. Colonel Thomas Sumter, under the command of William Moultrie, aided in the defense of Sullivan's Island and Fort Moultrie.
  Thomas Sumter
July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence is printed on broadsides for distribution to the states and George Washington
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  George Washington
July 5, 1776 A committee of the Continental Congress recommends two additional battalions be raised for the state of Georgia
August 0, 1776 First Florida Expedition
October 0, 1776
  Georgia and the American Revolution
August 2, 1776 Button Gwinnett, George Walton, and Lyman Hall sign the Declaration of Independence
  George Walton
August 6, 1776 400 South Carolina troops arrive in Savannah to participate in the First Florida Expedition
  City of Savannah, Georgia
August 8, 1776 Declaration of Independence read to Council of Safety in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Archibald Bulloch
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Savannah
August 10, 1776 Declaration of Independence read to citizens in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Archibald Bulloch
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Savannah
August 18, 1776 General Charles Lee reviews the troops on Yamacraw Green
August 22, 1776 Lead elements of the First Florida Expedition leave Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
September 9, 1776 Major General Charles Lee is replaced as commander of the Southern Department by Robert Howe, who is promoted to Major General
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
October 1, 1776 State convention to create constitution held in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  State Constitution of 1777
October 18, 1776 All available troops ordered to Darien, Fort Howe, Beard's Bluff and Fort McIntosh to protect the borders of the state
  McIntosh County, Georgia
October 22, 1776 Lachlan McIntosh orders William McIntosh to build a fort (Fort McIntosh) on the Satilla River to protect settlers from the Florida Rangers
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Lachlan McIntosh
November 12, 1776 Daniel Morgan promoted to Colonel in the militia while still a prisoner of war.
  Daniel Morgan
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