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Chapter 6, Section 1


Jose Galvan

on 16 February 2010

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Transcript of Chapter 6, Section 1

Chapter 6, Section 1
Raising an Army

The Continental Congress faced many difficulties
while trying to create a Continental Army
None of the colonies wanted to give up control of its own militia
The Continental Army lacked supplies/weapons
The soldiers did not get paid very often
Patriot Defeat
Summer 1776
British send 32,000 soldiers to scare the Patriots into surrender
Battle of Long Island: Washington and his army barely escape a much larger British force
Patriot Victory
Winter 1776
Battle of Trenton: 2,400 Patriots ambush 1,400 Hessians on Christmas Day
Gives a huge morale boost to the Patriots
Capture of Philadelphia
George Washington suffers a defeat at Brandywine Creek, allowing the British to capture Philadelphia
The Continental Congress is forced to flee for their lives
Washington camps his army in neaby Valley Forge, PA for the winter
Victory at Saratoga
British General John Burgoyne makes a series of mistakes resulting in the capture of his entire army by the Patriots
The British were trying to split the New England Colonies from the Middle Colonies
This Patriot victory convinces France to begin openly helping the United States
Valley Forge
Winter 1777-1778
The Continental Army spends the winter at Valley Forge, Pa
12,000 soldiers suffer malnutrition, disease, bitter cold
But Friedrich von Steuben molds the army into a disciplined killing machine
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