May 12, 1780 - the Southern Continental Army protecting Charlestown surrenders. The loss of Charlestown is devastating: over 2,500 soldiers, 300 cannon, 6,000 muskets, vast stores of gunpowder. Georgia and South Carolina are fortified and conquered.
Property confiscation, rationing, the removal of leaders to Saint Augustine prison ensue.
Oppression spares no one. Suspension of habeas corpus. Public hanging of Colonel Isaac Hayne.