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January 4, 1780 Richard Howley begins term as Governor
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
January 23, 1780 Georgia passes a headright law offering families 200 acres of land, plus 50 acres per person, to migrate to Georgia. Some land is surveyed to be granted, but none is actually granted under this law.
  Georgia headright grants
February 1, 1780 Realizing the government of Georgia was in jeopardy, the assembly passes a law to allow for the succession of the governor by an "executive committee"
February 3, 1780 Heard's Fort, built by Stephen Heard in 1774, is named capitol of Revolutionary Georgia
February 15, 1780 George Wells is killed in a duel by James Jackson, Augusta, Georgia
  James Jackson
  City of Augusta, Georgia
February 18, 1780 Stephen Heard begins term as governor
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
May 12, 1780 Benjamin Lincoln surrenders his command, Charleston, SC
  Andrew Pickens
  Benjamin Lincoln
  Thomas Sumter
  Lachlan McIntosh
May 12, 1780 British regain control of Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Georgia and the American Revolution
May 23, 1780 Following the fall of Augusta, Georgia's Executive Council requests that Governor Richard Howley leave the state to protect himself.
June 30, 1780 Battle of Fort Anderson
  Georgia and the American Revolution
August 16, 1780 Battle of Camden (South Carolina)
  Baron DeKalb
  Georgia and the American Revolution
August 18, 1780 Baron Dekalb dies while a prisoner of war from wounds he received during the battle of Camden, South Carolina
  Baron DeKalb
September 8, 1780 George Michael Troup is born.
  George Michael Troup
September 14, 1780 Battle of Fort Grierson (Augusta)
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  City of Augusta, Georgia
September 14, 1780 Battle of Fort Cornwallis (Augusta)
  Georgia and the American Revolution
September 15, 1780 Battle of the White House (Augusta)
  Georgia and the American Revolution
September 18, 1780 Battle of Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Georgia and the American Revolution
September 23, 1780 While on patrol on the east bank of the Hudson River, John Paulding and others captured John Andre with plans for West Point.
October 6, 1780 Thomas Sumter promoted to Brigadier General by South Carolina Governor Edward Rutledge
  Thomas Sumter
October 7, 1780 Battle of King's Mountain (South Carolina)
  Georgia and the American Revolution
October 13, 1780 Daniel Morgan promoted to Brigadier General
  Daniel Morgan
October 25, 1780 Freeman Walker born, Charles City, Virginia
  Freeman Walker
October 31, 1780 Major General Benjamin Lincoln is replaced by Major General Nathanael Greene as commander of the Southern Department
  Nathanael Greene
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
November 20, 1780 Battle of Blackstock (or Blackstock's Farm)
  Thomas Sumter
November 24, 1780 Farish Carter born, South Carolina
December 1, 1780 George Gauphin (Galphin) dies in Savannah before his trial before British authorities for treason.
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  City of Savannah, Georgia
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