Revolutionary War Museum. Designer: Gabbi Beck. Causes of the Revolution. The Quartering Act- 1765. England forced colonists to house and feed British troops. This angered the colonist because they felt that it was tyrannical and took away some freedom. The Stamp Act- 1765.
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The American army was called the Continental Army. They dressed in blue, and the group consisted mostly of farmers and other regular men who were forced into becoming soldiers
Cannons were effective, but took a lot of man-power to load and fire.
Pistols were typically only used by officers and Calvary, and were only good at close range.
Muskets were common weapons, but they took about 20 seconds to load, and weren’t very accurate.
Bayonets attached to muskets, and were used as knives and spears.
Continental soldiers wore clothes similar to the British soldiers, just in blue instead of red.
This included a white linen shirt, neck stock or neck cloth, a coat made of dark blue wool with red wool facings, white breeches, white stockings, plain civilian shoes, and a blue tricorn hat.
(Commander in Chief)
Henry Knox (chief artillery officer)
Among many, many others….
King George III was born in London on June 4, 1738. He was the son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the grandson of George II. He was the longest reigning of the male British monarchs. He was so upset by the loss of the colonies that he considered giving up the throne, but ended up remaining king until sometime after 1801 when he fell ill with an illness sometimes identified as porphyry. This illness caused blindness and insanity, and he was forced to resign from the throne.
The British soldiers (also known as “Redcoats,” “Lobsters”, and “Regulars.”) wore clothing similar to the Continental army. However, the Redcoats were typically more ordered and regimented than the continental soldiers, and wore red instead of blue. There were quite a few more Redcoats than continental soldiers, so they were the favored side in the Revolutionary war.
Sir Henry Clinton
And many, many more…
Betsy Griscom was born on January 1st, 1752. She married John Ross in 1773. When he was killed while serving in the militia,(1776) she took over his upholstering business. She is rumored to have created the first American Flag.
Mary Ludwig was born on October 13th, 1774. She became famous during the Battle of Monmouth. She would run back and forth across the battle field giving water to soldiers, and she was nicknamed Molly Pitcher. Later in the battle, her husband collapsed near his cannon and was unable to continue fighting. Molly Pitcher took over, and continued firing until the end of the battle. She became a legend because of her heroic actions.
This flag was common on the seas as the ensign on ships commissioned by General Washington