American Revolutionary Soldiers

Pictures of American Revolutionary Soldiers

Pictures of American Revolutionary Soldiers

This article on  the American Revolutionary Soldiers provides facts and information about these British soldiers and officers:

  • Who were the American Revolutionary Soldiers?
  • What was their roles in the American Revolutionary War?
  • Interesting facts and fast information with pictures of American Revolutionary Soldiers
  • Educational resource for teachers and kids about the American Revolutionary Soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War of Independence
Revolutionary Battles
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History of the Battles, Conflicts and Soldiers of the American Revolution War

American Revolutionary Soldiers: The American Revolutionary War, the soldiers and the famous battles of the conflict

American Revolutionary Soldiers
This article contains fast facts and information about the American Revolutionary Soldiers. Who were the American Revolutionary Soldiers who fought during the American War of Independence? What did the uniforms of different American Revolutionary Soldiers look like? Definition of American Revolutionary Soldiers: The American Revolutionary Soldiers came from the 13 colonies that became the United States of America. There was no standing army at the outbreak of the war - each colony had relied upon the local militia, made up of part time citizen-soldiers, for local defense. The outbreak of the war meant that the Revolutionaries needed to organize forces of American Revolutionary Soldiers to fight in the conflict against the British.

American Revolutionary Soldiers
The
Continental Army was formed after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, established by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. The Continental Army, under the command of George Washington , was created to coordinate the military efforts of the Thirteen Colonies in their revolt against British rule. The American Revolutionary Soldiers had no experience, their were no uniforms, there were no regiments and there were limited firearms. They were faced with fighting the British who had many advantages over the Americans:

  • Great Britain had a well established standing army - the Americans did not
  • Great Britain had a well established navy - the Americans did not
  • Great Britain had ample quantities of powder, guns, and clothing - the Americans did not
  • The British soldiers (the Redcoats) were well disciplined and trained - the Americans were not, they had not had the time to co-ordinate their American Revolutionary Soldiers

The men who would make up the force American Revolutionary Soldiers were facing difficult times. However, they did have some advantages over the British - they knew the country and could make us of this knowledge using them for defensive tactics. The American Revolutionary Soldiers also had many great leaders and commanders including Washington, Greene, Arnold, Morgan, and Wayne.

Enlistment of American Revolutionary Soldiers
The American Revolutionary Soldiers can from all walks of life. The Continental Congress raised the first 10 companies of Continental troops based on a one-year enlistment. Riflemen and Sharpshooters from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia were used as light infantry and later became the 1st Continental Regiment in 1776. The enlistment period was later extended to 3 years. The American Revolutionary Soldiers in the Continental Army were citizens who had volunteered to serve in the army and were paid but were generally motivated by their strong sense of Patriotism.

Pictures of the Uniforms worn by American Revolutionary Soldiers
In 1775 the Continental Congress adopted brown as the official color for uniforms in 1775 but there was a shortage of brown cloth, so some regiments dressed their soldiers in blue and gray. Congress did not adopt a Continental uniform until 1779 but the American Revolutionary Soldiers attempted to have clothing similar to the others in the company or regiment. The militia, including the Minutemen, had no uniform at all. Instead, they dressed in hunting shirts. Consequently the pictures and paintings of the American Revolutionary Soldiers came in a variety of colors, shades and different styles as can be seen in the following pictures.

Continental Soldier Continental Army Soldiers American Soldier 1776
Continental  Soldier Continental Army Soldiers American Soldier 1776

American Revolutionary Soldiers - Cockades
The absence of uniforms caused problems for the Continental Army as the American Revolutionary Soldiers were not able to easily identify their commanders on the battlefield. The decision was made to introduce the use of cockades to distinguish the leaders. A cockade was a wide, ornate, knot of ribbon or a rosette worn on the hat. The colors of the cockades indicated the rank of the commander to the American Revolutionary Soldiers. The first colors used as cockades were as follows:

  • Field Officers: Pink or Red
  • Captains: Buff or Yellow
  • Junior Officers: Green

The Continental Army then adopted the black cockade which changed to black and white when France became an ally as a mark of the French-American alliance. The black-and-white cockade thus became known as the "Union Cockade".

Union Cockade
 
Washington wearing a Black Cockade
 
Union Cockade Washington wearing Black Cockade
 

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American Revolutionary Soldiers - Hunting shirts worn by the Militia
The militia, including the Minutemen, had no uniform at all but wore hunting shirts. The hunting shirts were either made of buckskin or from homespun linen. They were styles as a long loose over shirt or as a loose wraparound jacket, both allowed ease of movement. Hunting shirts generally had rows of distinctive fringes and were comfortable to wear. The American Revolutionary Soldiers wore leggings or breeches and stockings with the hunting shirts. Other members of the militia wore the clothes that they would use at home. The following pictures show typical clothes worn by the American Revolutionary Soldiers of the militia.

Hunting Jacket
Picture of a Hunting Jacket American Revolutionary Soldier - 1778

Stats and Facts about the American Revolutionary Soldiers
Despite the many disadvantages of the American Revolutionary Soldiers the War of Independence was won. There were 36 major battles in the war but the smaller conflicts and battles took the number to over 100. A total of 35,000 American Revolutionary Soldiers served in the Continental Army backed by 44,500 militia. Details of many of these battles can be found in Revolutionary Battles. But, as in all wars, victory came at a price.

  • 25,000 men died during the war
    • 8000 died in battle
    • 17,000 died of sickness, missing in action and other causes
  • 9000 soldiers suffered serious wounds and injuries
  • 40% - 45% of American colonists supported the revolution
  • 15% - 20% of American colonists were loyalists
  • The remaining colonists took a neutral stance
 

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