Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War

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  • Lexington and Concord
  • "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here." - Captain John Paarker
  • Bunker Hill 
  • "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" -Captain Prescott
  • Valley Forge
  • "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." -George Washington
  • This battle took place on April 19, 1775, in MA. Captain Parker and 4,000 Minutemen forced General Gage and the British to surrender. This marks the first battle of the Revolutionary War. 
  • Fort Sackville 
  • "You may expect no mercy." -General Clark 
  • This battle occurred on June 17, 1775, in MA. General Howe and 2,000 soldiers marched up Breed's Hill, where militia and Colonel Prescott waited. The British won, but this battle showed the militia they could hold up against the world's most powerful army. 
  • Guerrilla Fighting
  • "Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree- they bear no fruit." -Francis Marion
  • During the winter of 1777-78,  George Washington and the Continental Army faced hardships, as they lacked food and warm clothing. Many died during this period of time. 
  • Battle of Yorktown
  • "If we do not deceive our own men, we will never deceive the enemy." -George Washington
  • This battle occurred in February 1779, in IN. General Clark and his men caught Henry Hamilton and his men by surprise, and were able to frighten the British into leaving. This win gained the Americans hold on the region between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes. 
  • This occurred in North and South Carolina, during the entire war. Francis Marion, aka "The Swap Fox", would fight from a base in the swamps, and at one point, cut off Cornwallis and the British supply line leading into Charles Town. His technique was to use hit-and-run tactics and surprise raids; this began to influence colonists to form guerrilla bands. 
  • This battle ended on October 19th, 1781, in VA. George Washington, commanding the Americans, worked together with the French to drive out the British; American and French troops used cannons, and forced Cornwallis to surrender with his 8,000 soldiers. This was the last major battle of the Revolutionary war.
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