American Revolution: The Siege of Charleston

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The American Revolution: the war for our independence. This revolution opened the door to our liberty, freedom, and basically what America is now. Most Americans have heard the stories of famous battles, important people (George Washington for instance), and everything in between. However, this was only for our side of the American Revolution and a small fraction of people have been told of Britain’s campaign of the revolution. The only thing people have been told was the Britain lost the war. What of Britain’s triumphs, strategies, and everything that happened in the span of a few years? Not many people know it, but the British struck a major blow against the Patriots in the last few years of the war. Even though the United States won the …show more content…
However, Britain was well prepared and in high spirits for success. With a force of more than 14,000 (www.historyof war.org) and multiple artillery, trenches and other siege of ideals, Britain was sure of winning this battle (www.shmoop.com). During the battle, Patriot and Militia forces were outflanked, outgunned, and majorly outnumbered. The Patriots were even forced to used broken shovels, glass, etc. as artillery shells (www.shmoop.com). British forces however, quickly hammered down Patriot and Militia with artillery causing lines to scatter as artillery decimated the Colonists (www.hubpages.com). General Clinton carefully took the city little by little, effectively taking Charleston (however, this was unlike him as he prefers to wipe out a city in one major blow) (www.theamericanrevolution.org). Patriot Militia were completely unorginized as General Lincoln had much trouble keeping the army in order (www.theamericanrevolution.org). Since disease and morality was low, some men abandoned Charleston and moved to a safer place up North (www.hubpages.com). Fighting became heavy for six weeks, until the Patriot forces finally decided to surrender (www.postandcourier.com). April 21st, 1780, was when General Lincoln made his first surrender offer to General Clinton (www.historyofwar.org). He would allow Charleston to be taken by the British as long as his army could leave the city
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