The Everything American Revolution Book: From the Boston Massacre to the Campaign at Yorktown-all you need to know about the birth of our nation
Daniel P. Murphy
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Scrappy farmers. Aristocratic landowners. Eccentric geniuses. These were the rebels who took on the world's greatest power - and won.
From the rebellion against "taxation without representation" to the beginnings of American self-government, readers will learn how this unlikely group of colonists shaped a new nation. This book features all readers need to know about this exciting time:
• The beginnings of colonial unrest and rebellion
• The drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence
• Major battles, including Lexington and Concord, Trenton, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and Yorktown
• Daily life for soldiers and ordinary colonists on both sides of the war
• The birth of the United States
This easy-to-read book covers all the key players and major events—from King George III and George Washington to the Boston Tea Party and the launch of a new government. The interesting facts and vivid details inside will turn any history-phobe into an enthusiastic history buff!
from the neighboring New England colonies. The army was in perpetual motion as its constituent bands of militia came and went. The men lacked the artillery necessary for a proper siege. Powder and shot were in short supply. The Battle of Bunker Hill Shiploads of British troops began to arrive in Boston. By the middle of June, Gage had 6,500 men. Among the reinforcements was a trio of British generals destined to play important parts in the war — William Howe, Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne.
colonists, but it came to mean something different in a land where making one’s fortune was a genuine possibility and there was no formal aristocracy. Inevitably, social distinctions were narrower and much more fluid in America. A Taste for Representative Government By the standards of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the original thirteen colonies were the most democratic polities in the world. The first Virginia House of Burgesses was elected by all males seventeen years of age and
began digging in. Horatio Gates did not project the dashing image like that of Benedict Arnold. He was a portly man who wore reading glasses. He was affectionately called “Granny Gates” by his soldiers, who appreciated his low-key style and aversion to wasting their lives. The Battle of Freeman’s Farm Burgoyne advanced very slowly, averaging little more than a mile a day. His men had to repair destroyed bridges and clear obstructions along the way. Pickets and forage parties were attacked or
at the Battle of the Saintes on April 12, 1782. Spain Recaptures Florida The Spanish governor of Louisiana, Count Bernardo de Galvez, was sympathetic to the American revolutionaries. He corresponded with Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. He closed New Orleans to the British and allowed munitions and money to pass up the Mississippi River to the Americans. Galvez abetted the activities of the Patriot merchant Oliver Pollock, who supported the campaigns of George Rogers Clark. Galvez Moves
bayonet points before a counterattack by French grenadiers drove them back. Eight of the British were killed and twelve taken prisoner. The French suffered twenty casualties. The raid had no serious effect on the siege. Within a few hours the spiked guns were repaired and joined in the bombardment of Yorktown. Unlike most British commanders of the Revolutionary War, Charles Cornwallis went on to a distinguished military career elsewhere. As Governor General in India, he won important victories