The Battle Of The Revolutionary War

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On two sides of a field, stand two armies. Both have rows of soldiers standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder, with their muskets raised, gleaming in the sun, and their bayonets strapped to the their sides. The difference between them being that one army, is highly trained and outnumbers the other, while the other army, is small and poorly trained; equipped with only some skills they’ve gathered in the few months of training. This is the Continental Army and the Red Army, in the first of the many battles of the Revolutionary War. The Continental Army, made up of colonists that were fed up with Britain’s countless oppressive laws, unfair taxes, and infuriating actions, wanted independence from Britain. On July 4, 1776, The Declaration…show more content…
Thomas Paine, a great journalist who encouraged the fight for independence, was one of the supporters of the war who helped strengthen the fighting colonists (Ayers, de la Teja, Schulzinger, & White, 2007). For instance, a series of articles he wrote called The American Crisis, was read by Washington to revive the spirits of his struggling army at Valley Forge:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. –Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

The continuing encouragement and support of passages like this that the Continental Army received, motivated them to keep fighting and pull through the war. It was one of the most important reasons the colonists were victorious in the end. Furthermore, there was also great leadership. Although the Continental Army had a shortage of supplies and a weakly trained army, they certainly didn’t lack a strong military leadership. This leadership was provided by George Washington. Though he’s known much better as a president, he was also a brilliant military leader (Ayers et al., 2007). He was a vital part of America’s victory against the British because of his management of his army and his encouraging and inspiring words to them during their struggles (Ayers et al., 2007). For instance, during the winter at Volley Forge from
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