England made any town meeting, except authorized by the governor illegal, and housed British soldiers in select public buildings. In Massachusetts the British military governor, General Gage, ordered his 3,500 British soldiers in Boston to seize armories and storehouses in Charlestown and Cambridge. After the seizure, 20,000 colonial militiamen mobilized to protect other military supply depots and in the town of Concord the famous defensive force, the Minutemen, were organized.2 With these acts Parliament declared that Massachusetts was in open rebellion. British Secretary of State, Lord Dartmouth, quickly ordered Gage to send his soldiers on a search and destroy mission to capture colonial leaders, and military supplies in Concord. “At the same time Gage would attempt to find, capture, or kill John Hancock and Samuel Adams.”3 The stage was set for the first major engagements of the American Revolution.
As the British advanced in columns against the Americans in an effort to save the Americans limited supply of ammunition, it is said he ordered his men, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within several dozen yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal barrage of musket fire, throwing the British into
On April 18th 1775, the british troops planned to march to Concord Massachusetts to steal military supplies and ammunition. They also hoped to kidnap John Hancock and Sam Adams. When a guy named Joseph Warren found out about it, he sent 2 people to warn the residents of the area. Their names were Paul Revere and Tanner William Dawes. While they were on the road, they met another horse rider. His name was Samuel Prescott. They told him what was going on and he offered to help them spread the word. Alone, he made it all the way to Concord. “Revere was captured by...British patrol, while Dawes was thrown from his horse …[and had] to proceed back to Lexington on foot.” Early the next morning, at about 5 o’clock, the redcoats finally arrived in
Fought on April 19, 1775, The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the start of the Revolutionary War. Britain’s general Gage had a plan to send out British soldiers in two groups. Some would go to Lexington, and capture John Hancock and Sam Adams, important leaders to this war. The others would go to Concord, and destroy all shops that carried weapons and gunpowder and any rebels . American spies found out about the plan and leaked the secrets. So on the night of April 18, 1775, when British troops were on the move, lanterns that hung from Boston’s North Church informed the colonists that the British were coming. Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott rode off on horses to warn other places. That’s when Paul Revere yelled the
During the Revolutionary War, there were many battles that were fought, but there were a few that changed the result of the war. The battles of Trenton and Princeton were fought strategically. During both of the battles, Washington made bold moves that later impacted the army’s success. Another battle that was fought was the Battle of Saratoga, and before this battle, the Continental Army did not have a strong chance of winning because they were facing the powerful and well equipped British army. The Battle of Saratoga was the battle that completely changed the tide of the war. The Battle of Yorktown was the last land battle fought of the Revolutionary War. It was also the battle where the British surrendered to the Americans and won
On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column.
Lexington and Concord General Gage had a secret plan. During the early hours of the morning on April 19, 1775 he would send units of British soldiers in quarters to Boston. They would capture Colonial leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock. After they would hit Concord and take their gunpowder. Unfortunately American spies and friends spilled the beans. Horseback riders like Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott went to the countryside to warn the people the British were coming. They would also tell them they were coming in by sea. They got caught about half way from Lexington to Concord. The word spread from town to town. Militia were ready to confront the British. They were willing to help their neighbors in Lexington and Concord. Originally militia was organized to protect settlers from the French or Native American attacks. The members who were selected from the militia were called minuteman. They were called minuteman because they could get ready to
On April 18, 1775, an American rebel leader named Joseph Warren learned that a British Army unit occupying Boston would deploy from the city into the countryside. The British mission was to confiscate rebel arms and equipment from a nearby town called Concord within the same colony of Massachusetts. Warren dispatched two men during the middle of that night, Paul Revere and William Dawes, to alert the militiamen in Concord “the British were coming”.
On June 17, the battle began. 2,200 British soldiers under the command of General William Howe, woke up in the morning to colonists lined on the top of Bunker Hill, not even 30 yards from their camp. They got their guns and men, and started marching up the hill. As they advanced Prescott yelled, “Don’t fire until you see the white in their eyes!”, in hope to save some of the colonists limited supply of ammunition. When they got several yards closer the colonists started firing, causing the British to retreat.
A motivating force behind the revolution was the American embrace of a political ideology called "republicanism", which was dominant in the colonies by 1775. The "country party" in Britain, whose critique of British government emphasized that corruption was to be feared, influenced American politicians. The commitment of most Americans to republican values and to their rights, helped bring about the American Revolution, as Britain was increasingly seen as hopelessly corrupt and hostile to American interests; it seemed to threaten to the established liberties that Americans enjoyed. The greatest threat to liberty was depicted as corruption. The colonists associated it with luxury and, especially, inherited aristocracy, which they condemned.
Only a tiny fraction of the books written on the American Revolution are devoted to the loyalists — the residents of the 13 colonies who chose to leave their homes rather than become citizens of the new republic. Such a nation-bound approach to the writing of American history implies that the lives of those who left were not significant. Yet they were, and Maya Jasanoff, who teaches history at Harvard, has provided a richly informative account of those who made the choice to embrace imperial Britain. As earlier historians of the Revolution have pointed out, the loyalists tended to have strong connections to the imperial administration, belong to the Anglican Church and possess close business or family ties to Britain. But not all who left fitted
The battle of bunker hill was an unsuccesful battle for the colonist. On June 17, 1775, the colonist had fought with all of their might, but they were clearly outnumbered and had the lower advantage. They had fought mostly on Breeds hill, but it is still referenced as The BAttle of Bunker hill. They had lost but the colonist had also left with a boost of confidence. The colonist had felt prepared and they had fortified around Bunker Hill.
She twisted and turned, but nothing worked. The rope around her wrist was too tight. Her life was put to the ultimate test. Bess, the dark-eyed landlord's daughter would do anything to save her life. Her tiny body pushed against the Redcoats.
By 1775, tension between the colonies and the mother country had reached the breaking point. British troops in Boston learned that the colonists had hidden a large collection of weapons in nearby Concord. Sons of Liberty Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to warn of the impending British attack by way of the Charles River; the most direct route. Just as the sun was rising on April 19, 1775, British soldiers reached Lexington. Eight Minutemen were killed and several others