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The Early Battles of The Revolutionary War
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The battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolution happened on June 17th, 1775. The battle took place on the Charleston peninsula on the North side of Boston Harbor.
British troops of the Boston Garrison fought against soldiers of the American Continental Army. The generals of the war worked hard to keep their soldier in place and fight. Lexington and Concord- 1775 Major General Howe was in charge of the Boston Garrison and against General Artemas Ward and General Israel Putnam in charge of the American Continental. General Israel Putnam British General Howe General Artemas Ward The Battle of Quebec The Battle of Quebec happened on December 1, 1775 in Quebec City (province of Quebec) American colonials drive the British military from the Province of Quebec. The British and Canadian garrison drove off the American attack and ended the threat to the British control of Canada. The Generals were the Governer of Canada,
Guy Carleton and Colonel Allen Maclean commanded the British forces and Major General Benedict Arnold and Brigadier Richard Mongomery commanded the American troops. Montgomery was a half pay British officer Guy Carleton, commander of the forces in the city
Benedict Arnold in 1776 Brigadier Montgomery The Size of the armies were 1,200 soldiers on both sides of the war. The armies wore what ever clothes they had available but maybe a small part of the British recruits had uniforms. The American colonials had muskets and a few bayonets. But the British were lucky, they had heavy guns on the city's defense. Who won you say? The Battle of Lexington and Concord happened on April 19, 1775 in Boston, Massachusetts. Generals: Colonel Smith, Major Pitcairne and Lord Percy commanded the British Troops. Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to warn the villages on the path to Concord and the Congress. Militia were commanded by Barrett, Buttrick, Robinson and many others. The Armies who fought were British Troops with 1800 soldier and the Militia of Massachusetts with an unknown number of soldiers.
Commanding the British troops was Major John Pitcairn North Bridge, Concord This map shows the route Paul Revere's famous midnight ride to warn the colonists of British troops' arrival.
We set off for Concord, and were overtaken by a young gentleman named Prescot, who belonged to Concord, and was going home. When we had got about half way from Lexington to Concord, the other two stopped at a house to awake the men, I kept along ....
In an instant I saw four of them, who rode up to me with their pistols in their bands, said ''G---d d---n you, stop. If you go an inch further, you are a dead man.'' Immediately Mr. Prescot came up. We attempted to get through them, but they kept before us, and swore if we did not turn in to that pasture, they would blow our brains out, (they had placed themselves opposite to a pair of bars, and had taken the bars down). They forced us in. When we had got in, Mr. Prescot said "Put on!" He took to the left, I to the right ...
Just as I reached it, out started six officers, seized my bridle, put their pistols to my breast, ordered me to dismount, which I did.
– Paul Revere, "Account of Midnight Ride to Lexington" (1775)
Paul Revere's Poem Paul Revere General Lord Percy Who won?? The British suffered extensive loss. The Americans considered the contest an encouraging start to the war. The British were armed with muskets, bayonets and some light guns were used. The American militia were armed with muskets, blunderbusses and any weapons they could find. Minutemen The battle of Trenton General George Washington was against Colonel Rahl. The Battle Trenton happened on December 25, 1776 in Trenton, New Jersey on the Delaware River. The American were against Hessians and British troops. General George Washington crossing the Delaware at the
Battle of Trenton on Christmas night 1776 General Washington accepts the surrender of Colonel Rahl's Hessian troops.
General George Washington The main American force under Washington entered Trenton from the North-West. Sullivan marched around the town and attacked from the South. The remainder took a position to the North East cutting off the Hessians’ retreat.
The British 16th Ligh Dragoons wore red coats and leather crested helmets. The German infantry wore blue coats. The Americans dressed as best they could. Eventually The Continental Army were able to weat blue uniform coats but the militia continued in rough clothing. Both sides were armed with muskets and guns. The Pennsylvania regiments carried long, small calibre, and rifled weapons. 2,400 American troops with 18 guns. 1,400 Hessians with 6 light guns. Who won?? Washington and his American troops won The Battle of Trenton.
Who Won? While the British drove the Americans from the Charlestown peninsula it was with heavy loss. The battle was at the time considered to be an American defeat but has since been lifted to the ranks of a heroic stands against forces of oppression.