Beginning in the winter of 1777-1778, Washington and his troops settled at valley forge. Lieutenant Colonel John Brooks wrote that the army stayed together because of "Love for our Country." The soldiers at Valley Forge grew weak from not having enough food or warm clothing. A quarter of them died due to the cold, or diseases like smallpox and typhoid fever.
In April 1775, the first battle of the Revolutionary took place. The "shot heard 'round the world" is celebrated every year in Massachusetts and Maine. The american leader was captain John Parker, and the British leader was general Gage. The British were forced to retreat due to the 4,000 minutemen and militiamen arrived in the area. America won.
In Boston, June 1775, Militiamen seized bunker hill and breeds hill behind Charleston. The British then decided to attack. The American leader was Kernel William Prescott, and the British leader was General William Howe. "The loss we have sustained is greater than we can bear," wrote General Gage. The British won but many lives were lost and the American's retreated due to the British attacking again.
Battle of Yorktown
On October of 1777, at New York, another battle broke out. The American leader was General Benedict Arnold and the British leader was General Horatio Gates. In pg. 199 it says,"The Continental Army then surrounded Burgoyne's army and fired on it day and night." This battle was important because it was turning point for America. The British surrendered.
In August 1780, Gate's army ran into British troops outside Camden. The America leader was Francis Marion aka "The Swamp Fox." The British leader was General Horatio Gates. A band of patriots from South Carolina approched gates and said "Their number did not exceed 20 men and boys, some white, some black, and all mounted, but most of them miserably equipped." They formed a new type of strategy called guriella fighting. America won.
In August of 1781, Boats blocked the peninsula Cornwallis was on and George Washington was coming from the North and trap Cornwallis. When the British prime minister heard about the news, he said "It's all over!" George Washington led the Americans and the British were lead by Lord Cornwallis. This was the last major fight from the revolutionary war, and both eventually got a peace treaty. America won independence.