Unit 6 Social Studies

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Battles in the Revolutionary War

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  • Lexington and Concord
  • Drop your weapons!
  • No! We will not drop our weapons!
  • Bunker Hill
  • Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!
  • "The unfortunate soldiers were in want of everything, they had neither coats, nor hats, nor hurts, nor shoes. Their feet and legs froze till they grew black and it was often necessary to amputate them...The army frequently passed whole days without food.
  • Valley Forge
  • On April 19, 1775, the 1st battle of the Revolutionary War began. Britain was on the way to the colonies to arrest prime Sons of Liberty. They told the 70 Militiamen to drop their weapons, but they refused. 4,000 more farmers came to fight with the Patriots. The Continental Army was thus formed. One man said, "It seemed as if men came down from the clouds."
  • Guerilla Warfare
  • The Militiamen took Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill as a fort. The British respond by attacking with 2,200 soldiers. Colonel Prescott told his soldiers not to fire until they see the whites of their eyes. The British eventually forced the militia away but they lost more men than the colonists.
  • Battle of Trenton
  • Valley Forge was the camp where the Continental Army stayed over the winter. While the British army was staying in warm homes, these loyal Americans chose to stay true to George Washington, though many died from typhoid fever and smallpox.
  • Battle of Yorktown
  • French troops
  • Guerrilla warfare was used generally in the south throughout the entire Revolutionary war. Guerrilla warfare is the concept of weakening your enemy through surprise raids. A man named Francis Marion led a small band of patriots, and he gave General Horatio Gates tactical tips throughout the war. Marion was nicknamed the "swamp fox" because he was very cunning and he often hid his men in the marshes and swamps of the south.
  • "Their number didn't exceed 20 men and boys, some black, some white, and all mounted, but most of them miserably equipped." (Speaking of Marion's band of Patriots)
  • On December 25, 1776, General George Washington and his troops rowed across the icy Delaware River. Their goal was to surprises the Hessians, who were sleeping after their Christmas feast. It was cold and hard, but the men killed 900 Hessians and got needed supplies.
  • "These are the times that try mens' souls. He that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
  • General Cornwallis of the British Army set up base in Yorktown. This way they could receive supplies from New York. In August 1781, this made it easy for French ships, led by Rochambeau to come in from the ocean and block off the port. Then Washington came in from the north and blocked Cornwallis, who surrendered his 8,000 troops.
  • We surrender!
  • It is all over! -Lord North
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