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Benjamin Lincoln

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Definition: American general who played a large part in the American victory at Saratoga but suffered defeat at Charleston. He was there because he had led an attack on British-held Savannah and had been forced to retreat to Charleston. He was taken prisoner, then exchanged for a British officer. He later led American troops to Yorktown and accepted General Charles Cornwallis's sword in surrender, marking the end of the Revolutionary War. He later was a member of the Massachusetts convention to ratify the Constitution.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Charleston
This great site explains in detail just how the British managed to capture this strategic southern port.

Biography of Benjamin Lincoln
The story of the life of this important American.

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