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I am really interested in this time period, and there are more than a few thousand things to talk about when it comes to the American Revolution. Ever heard of General Henry Knox? A lot of people haven't. He was the hero of the Battle of Ticonderoga, where the Americans surprised the British and captured enough artillery to last us a long while - guns that were key to retaking the city of Boston - and then he floated them on barges, across snowfields on sleds, crossing rivers on boats and dragging them through forests. He doesn't get enough credit in my opinion, compared to the more well known generals.
A well known legend here on Staten Island is the story of how Christopher Billopp secured Staten Island for New York as opposed to neighboring New Jersey. If Billopp sailed around the island in one day, it was part of New York. The question is how does Billopp and Staten Island relate to the Revolutionary War? On September 11, 1776 Christopher Billopp's Staten Island home was the site of the last and final attempt to end the war diplomatically. British Admiral Lord Howe met with Ben Franklin, Edward Rutledge and John Adams at Billopp's home, now known as the Conference House to discuss an alternative solution. Lord Howe offered amnesty and peace (but not independence) in exchange for ending the war...the patriots declined and diplomatic relations were basically exhausted. Thanks to Christopher Billopp this piece of Revolutionary history belongs to Staten Island, New York...not our neighbor.
This time of year the Crossing of The Delaware by General George Washington comes to mind. Washington took advantage of the German Hessian soldiers and their celebration of Christmas to cross the Delaware and attack. It was a gamble, but it worked to revitalize a tired and down trodden Colional Army and propel them to more victories in subsequent battles in New Jersey.
Although the "shooting war" started with Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill in June 1775 was Great Britain's wake up call. Rather than fighting using guerrilla tactics, the rebels/patriots built a fortification and took on the British in a more traditional military engagement. Although they lost this the second battle of the Revolution, American volunteers inflicted nearly 3 to 1 casualties on what was considered to be the best professional army in the world at the time. In this one battle alone, one-eighth of the British officers in the entire War were killed, and one-sixth were wounded on that day. Britain realized she was in for a long war. After the battle, British General Henry Clinton remarked in his diary that “A few more such victories would have surely put an end to British dominion in America.”
To me the interesting thing about the US Revolution is how long it took before the Americans were willing to really go for independence. As late as June 1775 (after the fighting had started) they were asking the King to take their side against Parliament and the King's ministers. They were swearing their loyalty to him.
Then along comes Thomas Paine who writes Common Sense and stirs up the masses. I wonder what would have happened if he'd never written that...
December 16, 1773 Bostonians took a stand in what might have been our first truly overt stand with regard to the American Revolution. That was the day when the tea shipment of the East India Company was dumped into the harbor as a protest of British practices. In all fairness, however, it is possible that the British were only trying to recoup the high taxes they had to pay.
I assume you are referring to the American Revolutionary War that took place between 1775-1783. The colonies' eventual victory over the world's greatest military power is a fascinating story. I'm sure you will read about many leaders and battles. My favorite is General Daniel Morgan, who led a small American army to an overwhelming victory at the battle of Cowpens (South Carolina) in 1781. A veteran of the French and Indian War, Morgan concocted a battle plan that worked perfectly to surprise a crack British force under cavalry commander Banastre Tarleton. Morgan's double envelopment maneuver routed the British force, who suffered an 86% casualty rate; Morgan lost less than 10% of his force. The victory at Cowpens was one of the turning points of the war in the South.
You're going to have to be more specific :) There have been a lot of revolutions in history...many in the same country. Good news, though, there are a lot of editors who know a great deal about a lot of them. I'd make my question more specific than just what revolution, though. What do you want to know? The people involved, the issues, the long term results?
The Revolutionary War is a large topic. I'll stick with one of the causes of the American revolution. The French and Indian war cost Great Britain a large amount of money. The British felt that they were spending this money to protect the colonists. They felt that they should be able to recoup their money by taxing the colonists. The colonists, who felt the war was to enlarge the British empire, felt this was unfair. They also felt that it violated the cherished "No taxation without representation" as the colonists had no representation in Parliament.
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