Revere’s Ride warns: “The British are Coming”. Lexington Massachusetts Apr. 19,1775.
Near the hour of 2 in the morning the Rev. Jonas Clark heard a rap on his front door. He was not roused having been up late with guests Samuel Adams and John Hancock. They recognised the knock at once, and opened the door to reveal a man in spurs and riding boots, spattered in mud. Paul Revere had walked from a mile outside Lexington to tell them he had failed - he had been stopped, his horse was gone, he never got to Concord. Yet his friends voiced no disappointment: they led him to the warm fire, and assured him in hurried whispers that he had indeed spread the word that “The British are coming”. Patriots were ready.
British win fierce fight at Bunker Hill. Charlestown Mass. June 17, 1775. A fierce day long battle for control of this vital peninsula ended late this after noon and both patriots and redcoats agreed that the day belonged to the British
British Invade New York.
New York, June 29, 1776.
The greatest military build up ever seen on this side of the Atlantic continues. Against Washington’s 18,000 men, General Howe, will have at least 25,000 regular soldiers Further reinforcements are expected when Admiral Parker arrives from Charlestown..
Washington thrown back at Brandywine
Chadds Ford Sept. 11, 1777
Por reconnaissance lost a battle today for General Washington. The general sent his troops into central New Jersey where they would be effective in defending Philadelphia, if such was the British objective. This became clear when his ships arrived in Chesapeake Bay. Selecting Brandywine Creek as a defensive position, Washington understood there were no fords within 12 miles north of his position. A good reconnaissance would have told him that the Great Valley Road crossed the Brandywine just to the north.
After a diversionary attack, Howe moved his main force across the Great Valley Road. Washington was unable to defend his position and pulled back losing approximately 1,000 men
Charleston is lost. Major U. S. Defeat. Sth. Carolina May 12, 1780.
American forces surrendered today to General Sir Henry Clinton. In what has been called a “Saratoga in reverse”. 5000 troops under General Benjamin Lincolin gave up in total defeat. The Americans also lost four ships and an arsenal of desperately needed munitions. General Clinton began operations in February, when he sent his fleet and 8,000 regular soldiers against the patriots who garrisoned Fort Moultrie . Clinton’s invasion seems to represent a new British strategy. Many American experts feel the British do not have enough troops in the North to defeat Washington and therefore decided to invade the South where they assume loyalists will give them critical support needed for a final victory in America.
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