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Facts about the Revolutionary War
This article contains fast facts and information about the Revolutionary War. Why did the American Revolutionary War begin? Because the American colonists believed that they deserved all the rights of Englishmen but were not receiving them. When was the American Revolutionary War? The Revolutionary War beginning date was April 19, 1775 with the The Battle of Lexington and the end date was September 3, 1783. Read the facts about the Revolutionary War for a fast overview of the American War of Independence. Facts about the Revolutionary War continue with a list of the names of great American Military leaders and facts about the major Battles.

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 Revolutionary War Fact 1George Washington: George Washington (1732-1799) was the Commander-in-Chief of the army played a critical role in most of the battles of the Revolutionary War
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 2The Continental Congress established (on paper) a regular army on June 14, 1775. The greatest leaders and commanders of the Revolutionary War included Nathanael Greene, John Stark, Benedict Arnold, Daniel Morgan and Anthony Wayne.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 3The Dates: The American Revolutionary War was fought against Great Britain from 1775 to 1783 during the Colonial Era. The Olive Branch Petition (July 5, 1775) aimed at reconciliation with Great Britain but failed
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 4The British Army was supported by German mercenaries, nicknamed Hessians. Over 30,000 Hessian soldiers were hired to fight against the American rebels during the Revolutionary War - equivalent to one quarter of the British force

 
 Revolutionary War Fact 5The Americans had no standing army at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The American Revolutionary Soldiers came from the 13 colonies who had relied upon the local militia, made up of part time citizen-soldiers, for local defence.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 6As there was no established American army there were very few uniforms available for the American Revolutionary Soldiers. Many of the soldiers wore civilian clothes or hunting jackets - see the above picture of different uniforms.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 7The British soldiers were nicknamed Redcoats who were so-called because of their red uniforms.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 8The British Army had many advantages over the American Army:
  • Fact: The British Army had a well established, experienced, standing army - the American Army did not
  • Fact: The British Army had a well established navy - the American Army did not
  • Fact: The British Army had ample quantities of powder, guns, and clothing - the American Army did not
  • Fact: The British Army were well disciplined and trained - the American Army
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 9

The battle tactics used by the Americans were generally defensive.

 
 Revolutionary War Fact 10A total of 25,000 Americans died during the Revolutionary war. 8000 died in battle and 17,000 died of sickness, went missing in action and other causes
 
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 119000 American soldiers suffered serious wounds and injuries
 
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 1240% - 45% of Americans supported the Revolutionary War
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 1315% - 20% of Americans were loyalists - Colonists who supported the British in opposing the Revolution are referred to as "Loyalists" or "Tories".
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 14The remaining Americans were neutral during the Revolutionary War
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 15There were 2.5 million colonists during the Revolutionary War period
 
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 16The soldiers used a wide range of different weapons including muskets, pistols, rifles, long rifles, knives, bayonets, tomahawks, axes, swords, sabres, pole arms and cannon.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 17

Events that led to the Revolutionary War included the:

Stamp Act of 1765
Boston Massacre in 1770
Boston Tea Party
Intolerable Acts of 1774

 

 
 Revolutionary War Fact 18France, Spain and the Dutch all secretly provided supplies, ammunition and weapons to the revolutionaries
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 19The American victory at the Battles of Saratoga persuaded France to enter the Revolutionary War openly in early 1778
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 20African Americans served on both sides during the Revolutionary war.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 21The first man shot in the Boston Massacre was a black man named Crispus Attucks.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 22The American leaders who fought in the Revolutionary War wore distinguishing cockades in their hats. The colors of the cockades indicated the rank of the commander and were pink, red, yellow and green. The Continental Army then adopted the black cockade which changed to the black and white "Union Cockade" to mark of the French-American alliance.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 23The first submarine attack took place in New York Harbor in 1776. The Connecticut inventor, David Bushnell, called his submarine the “Turtle”.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 24November 15, 1777 Articles of Confederation - Congress was made sole authority of the new national government.
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 25September 23, 1780: Plans were discovered indicating that Benedict Arnold intended to turn traitor and surrender West Point. Benedict Arnold joined the British
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 27John Adams was appointed to negotiate peace with England on September 27, 1779
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 28The British Parliament votes against further war in America on February 27, 1782
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 29John Adams was appointed to negotiate peace with England on September 27, 1779
 
 
 Revolutionary War Fact 30The Peace Treaty of Paris 1783 was signed on September 3, 1783 and ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States of America 

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Facts about the Revolutionary War - List of Military Leaders and Commanders
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George Washington

John Parker

William Heath

Joseph Warren

Artemas Ward

Henry Knox

Ethan Allen

Benedict Arnold

John Stark

Israel Putnam

William Prescott

Captain Daniel Morgan

Richard Montgomery

William Moultrie

William Alexander

Alexander McDougall

Joseph Spencer

Robert Magaw

General Nathanael Greene

Hugh Mercer

Nicholas Herkimer

Seth Warne

Francis Nash

Peter Muhlenberg

Anthony Wayne

Horatio Gates

Benjamin Lincoln

Enoch Poor

Ebenezer Learned

John Sullivan

Charles Lee

James Johnston

John Sevier

William Campbell
 


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