Continental Army Advantages and Disadvantages

Continental Army Advantages and Disadvantages

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  • Powerful Commander
  • French Allies
  • American Patriotism
  • George Washington was an extremely strong general as he had prior experience in combat from his participation in the French and Indian War for the British. In the American Revolutionary War, he was very successful because he knew how to defeat the British based on his experience from fighting for the British. Washington's determination led the Continental Army to success.
  • Shortage of Men
  • We are outnumbered!
  • The success of the American Revolution was partly due to the alliance that America made with France. France agreed to this alliance because of their hatred for Britain. This French alliance was extremely beneficial and crucial to the American victory because the French provided Americans with 85 to 90 percent of their gunpowder during the first two years of the war.
  • Untrained Military Unit
  • How do you use this?!
  • Strong American patriotism played a major role in the American victory in the Revolutionary War. A large majority of colonists willingly sacrificed their lives to protect their liberty, homes, families, children, and friends. Colonists' great desire to defend their homes gave Americans a strong passion that allowed them to succeed in the war. Without this passion, the war would have quickly been lost.
  • Lack of Supplies
  • The Continental Army was always short of capable men to fight in the war. At one time and place, General George Washington never had over 20,000 troops. Many American soldiers left the military to return home and tend to their farms, which resulted in inconsistency. This made the Americans significantly outnumbered compared to the plentiful and qualified British troops.
  • A majority of men in the Continental Army lacked training. A very small amount of men had enough training so that they were capable of surviving in a battle. Most men could shoot well behind trees or walls but were incapable of combat in an open field. This lack of training proved many American soldiers to be incapable when compared to the British well trained troops.
  • The Continental Army experienced a great shortage of supplies during the American Revolutionary War. There was an insufficiency of guns and gunpowder. Along with that, there were also food shortages which caused many men to leave the army. Uniforms and proper clothing were also rare to find.
  • There is not enough supplies!
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