1. How did armies traditionally lay siege to a town?
Armies would lay siege to a town by surrounding the area with large forces, bombarding the city with cannon to wreak havoc amongst the people, and by preventing supplies from getting in and essentially starving the population and defenders into submission.
2. Explain the qualities that you think a hero has. How do the historians in the video describe the heroism of rebel soldiers during the Battle of Savannah?
Student answers may vary. Historians in the video describe the heroism of rebel soldiers during the Battle of Savannah as the willingness to put their lives on the line and sacrifice themselves for duty and country in the face of great adversity. Another quality historians note is the selflessness of troops refuting payment for their service but instead fighting for pride and duty.
3. Who were the "chasseurs," and what role did they play in the battle?
Chasseurs were highly disciplined black, Haitian troops who fought on the American side during the Battle of Savannah. They were credited with resisting a large British bayonet attack and potentially averting a disastrous loss of life. Although the Americans lost the battle and many lives were lost, the chasseurs proved themselves highly capable in battle and worthy of respect while fighting for freedom.