At 5 A.M. on April 19, sixteen year old William Diamond began to beat his drum. the signal was to gather Lexington's Minutemen. About 70 men gathered, including 12 teenagers and 3 men over the age of 60.
Winter at Valley Forge
The meeting was held in Philadelphia in May 1775. The first things that the congress created was a Continental Army. An army with soldiers from all of the 13 colonies. John Adams suggested that George Washington to lead the Army. Congress declared that Washington had been elected, to be the General and Commander-in-Chief of forces raised to defend American Liberty. Later, the congress wrote a letter to King George III. they said that the war could still be avoided.
Treaty of Paris
Throughout the war, patriot women helped by collecting food, raising money, and making clothing for the soldiers. Martha Washington often traveled with the army. She spent mornings cooking, delivering food, and visiting wounded soldiers. Mary Ludwig Hays helped by carrying pitchers of water to the soldiers on the battlefield. Deborah Sampson put men clothes on and entered the Continental Army. She fought in many battles and was wounded twice.
Washington knew it was going to be a harsh winter. The army was seriously short on food and warm clothing. Many soldiers did not have shoes. During the winter at Valley Forge, more than 2,500 men died of hunger, cold, and disease.
News of Washington’s victory spread quickly. The Americans celebrated by ringing bells, firing cannons, feasting, and dancing. The American Revolution was officially ended by the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty was signed in 1783 by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay.