A Letter to Abigail by John Adams,

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John Adams, in a letter to Abigail Adams reflecting on the cost of war, stated, “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it” (The American Revolution, 2014). Although there were dozens of events that led to the revolution, it was freedom from British rule the colonists wanted; however, there would be a high price paid for that freedom. Despite the loss of life and the political and economic damages; the war was necessary, as ending the reign of British subjugation was an honorable and just cause, nevertheless the costs. The Economical Costs Historians attribute…show more content…
The American revolution lasted over eight years, yet the casualties (killed in action, wounded, missing in action and captured), were relatively low considering the number of fierce battles necessary to win America’s freedom. According to the United States Department of Defense, of the estimated 184,000 to 250,000 who served in battle, 4,435 died fighting, with 6,180 badly wounded. Furthermore, though not listed as official casualties of the war, for every soldier that died in battle, another 10 died from disease (Leland & Oboroceanu, 2010). For their part, the British sustained heavy loss of life as well. The French and Indian War left the British Crown in dire debt, consequently, Parliament reduced the number of regiments available to fight the colonies. This and the fact the French government was assisting the American’s efforts led to very few battle victories for the British, and often resulted in higher casualties than their enemies (British Battles, 2014). Certainly, the cost of war is not only the loss of capital and structures, but the human cost in the loss of lives. The Political and Social Costs Prior to the revolution, the colonists had more liberties and paid lower taxes than almost anywhere in the world. Despite this, the colonists defied the British tax acts and burned their harbored ships as they stood resolute
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