Battles that Changed the Outcome The Americans started out as a bunch of uncivilized colonies, but after the revolutionary war, they become a strong country that beat Britain for freedom. On Christmas night General George Washington makes a bold decision to cross the Delaware and ambushed the Hessians. Although risky, Washington brought new life to his rag tag army. General Burgoyne decides that in order to win this war, he needs to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies. Burgoyne’s plan sounded like a good idea to the British, but this action could be argued to be the reason why Britain did not win this war.
The Union army was taken by surprise the first day when the Confederate Army unexpectedly attacked, but after Union reinforcements arrived the fighting virtually ended in a tie. Lasting for two days, April 6 and 7 of 1862, casualties for both sides exceeded 20,000. The Battle of Shiloh was a message to both the North and South that the Civil War was for real. General Grant was anxious to maintain the momentum of his victory at Fort Donelson. His army had moved up to a port on the Tennessee River called Pittsburg Landing in preparation for an attack on Corinth, Mississippi, where the Confederate troops were located.
The Battle of Yorktown took place from September 28th until October 19th 1781 in Yorktown, Virginia. It was the last major battle toward in the American Revolution. The Americans and French fought against the British. General Washington commanded the Americans; Rochambeau commanded the French and Cornwallis commanded the British. There was about 8,800 Americans fighting, 7,800 French fighting and 6,000 British fighting.
12,000 Americans forced the complete surrender of 6,600 British soldiers and gained a victory that was considered by many to be the turning point of the American Revolution. By 1781 the Americans had a major British army commanded by Charles Cornwallis under siege in Yorktown Virginia. The surrender of those troops had such a major impact on the war that many people incorrectly thought that October 19th (the date of the surrender) was the end of the war. The battles of Trenton, Saratoga, and Yorktown were the biggest reasons Americans were able to defeat the British in the American Revolution. Although the battle of Trenton is most known for Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River (made famous by the 1851 painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze) the battle itself had a tremendous impact on the war.
The American Revolution What was the cause of the American Revolution? What was George Washington’s role in revolutionizing our country? Not only was he a major asset, he was Americas first president. At the start of the American Revolution, both sides the British and the American colonists had many difficulties ahead to face. The Americans were at a big disadvantage due to their lack of experienced soldiers and supplies.
After the British had captured Fort Washington on Manhattan Island in November of 1776 and British general Howe pushed the Americans to retreat across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, Howe took the majority of his troops into winter quarters, with Hessian colonel Johann Rall guarding Trenton with around 1,400 men. After learning of this weak defense, Washington crossed the ice floe littered Delaware river on December 25, ready for attack. He went on to capture upwards of 900 men and the city of Trenton. Once Lord Cornwallis learned of Washington’s move, he drove them back with about 7,000 men east of the city. Washington’s troops were backed up against the Delaware with no boats for escape, when he came up with a plan to take a byroad to Princeton in the dead of night.
Then after the Second Continental Congress on the same day, George Washington, the new... ... middle of paper ... ...nd and stood up to the full might of the British army and caused them severe casualties, the British finally acknowledged them and declared a full-out war. In the beginning, most colonists didn’t want to fight due to this battle, they were ready. They were ready to win the war and gain what they wanted the most; independence and a voice. Works Cited "Battle of Bunker Hill Begins." History.com.
The American Revolutionary War officially ended in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Shortly thereafter, General Washington surrendered his troops to the Continental Congress. The Americans had won their independence, much to the dismay of the British crown. King George III lost his American colonies due to a number of reasons. The responsibility of the American Revolution and King George III’s loss of his colonies cannot be placed on one specific event, but rather a build-up of tensions over the years causing the idea of freedom to ring through the colonies and drive them to make the United States of American a free country ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ Works Cited “Boston Tea Party.” Columbia University Press.
The American Revolution is one of the most significant wars in modern history. It was a war in which thirteen colonies fought against the mighty British military in order to become an independent nation. Before the start of the Revolutionary War, the Colonists were dissatisfied with Great Britain and its heavy taxes on the Colonists and sought to negotiate with Great Britain to lower their taxes and give them freedom. However, it soon turned into a Revolutionary War with the American colonies fighting for their independence, while Great Britain sought to keep their control over the American colonies. Several years later, the American colonies fought off the British and formed a new, independent nation, the United States of America.
This was at first successful when the British took Pennsylvania, but hit a snag when Burgoyne met the Continental Army at Freeman’s Farm on September 19, 1777 - the first of the Saratoga battles. This was a tactical victory for the British, but it came at a price, as their casualties were heavy. It was known that the British won this Battle at Freeman’s Farm, but in actuality, they didn’t have many troops left. On October 7, in the Battle of Bemis Heights, the second Battle of Saratoga, Britain attacked America again as Burgoyne took the offensive. The troops crashed together south of the town of Saratoga, and Burgoyne's army was broken and his command captured.