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Struggle For Independence: Pivotal Battles of the Revolution

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Americans of the eighteenth century might question: What were the most pivotal battles of the revolution? Was it at Saratoga, where the British marched through the dense forests of Massachusetts, trying to isolate the northern colonies and then attack them? When the Americans in Massachusetts heard of this plan, they constructed a plan to attack this convoy? Wa s it at Trenton, when Washington took his men on December 25th across the frigid Delaware River to surprise the Hessians? Then captured around 1,500 Hessians, and marched through the city of Philadelphia. Was it at Yorktown, where the final battle was held against the British? And were assisted by the French in taking down British forts. The most pivotal battles of the…show more content…
Even though Bemis Heights had more deaths at six hundred, the warfare was more brutal at Freeman’s Farm. “The British, who enjoyed a degree of success at Freeman's Farm, now suffered from reduced rations, and their horses died of starvation.”(American Revolution). The British general John Burgoyne's men were shivering in the cold fall nights while still wearing their summer uniforms The second battle was Bemis heights, where 1,600 British were sent to flank the Americans. Then the Americans launched two attacks on British redoubts. By this time, Burgoyne was waiting for reinforcements when British general William Howe (the reinforcements) decided to attack the rebel capital Philadelphia. Now Burgoyne's supplies were coming more infrequently. Five thousand eight hundred and ninety five hessian and British troop surrendered on October 17, 1777, after the battle of Bemis heights. After the battle, the Americans signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, allying them with the French. This battle changed the nature of the war because having a treaty with France caused an international conflict. This battle changed the nature of the war, and annihilated about 83 percent of Burgoyne’s infantry. The Battle of Trenton was another key part of the American Revolution, because it granted the Americans a chance to win the war. Before the war started, Washington retreated from The Battle
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