“For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.”
20,000 British troops under the command of General William Howe came from Staten Island with the ambition to gain control of the Hudson River. The British fought from behind as Washington and his 10,000 troops retreated. The British won and thus gained control of New York for the remainder of the Revolutionary War.
The Battle of Cowpens
Although the British had won the first battle on September 19th , 1777, they had lost the second battle on October 17th when General Burgoyne surrendered his troops. This was a major American victory and convinced the French to aid the Americans in the war.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
American troops that were stationed in southeastern Pennsylvania for the purpose of preventing the British from obtaining resources were faced with harsh conditions that included cold weather, disease, and lack of supplies. These men were hopeless until Washington read aloud Thomas Paine´s The Crisis. Paine´s words brought their spirits up leading them to cross the Delaware River to defeat the Hessians.
The Siege of Yorktown
Patriot Colonel John E. Howard instructed his men to face sideways, however,they misinterpreted this and retreated. The British thought that they were victorious. Britain's General Tarleton commanded his troops to charge after the Americans, while Patriot General Morgan ordered his troops to turn around and shoot. The Patriots won.
TURN AROUND AND SHOOT!
The British lost the Battle of Cowpens and needed to obtain control of the south if they wanted a chance at winning the Revolution.
We must win against those rubbish Patriots!
The British were trapped between the American Patriots and the French Patriots after the French Patriots had scared away the British. Thus, the Patriots won the battle. This marked the last battle of the Revolutionary War on colonial land.