This is a comprehensive list of Americans in the Revolutionary War. They are divided up by state in alphabetical order. While it is impossible to track every unit that fought in the Revolutionary War due to all the militia this is a good starting point for understanding where your ancestor may have fought and what they endured during the war. [Read more…]
George Rogers Clark was born on November 19, 1752 in Albemarle County, Virginia Colony. He was the second of 10 children of John and Ann Rogers Clark, who were Anglicans of English and Scots ancestry. Five of their six sons became officers during the American Revolutionary War and their youngest, William Clark, became famous as the co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Clarks always seemed to have an interest in the frontier.
Clark’s military career began in 1774, when he served as a captain in the Virginia militia. He was preparing to lead an expedition of 90 men down the Ohio River when hostilities broke out between the Shawnee and settlers on the Kanawha frontier that eventually culminated in Lord Dunmore’s War. Most of Kentucky was not inhabited by Indians, although several tribes used the area for hunting. Tribes were angry in the Ohio country who had not been party to the treaty signed with the Cherokee, because the Kentucky hunting grounds had been ceded to Great Britain without their approval. As a result, they tried to push the American settlers to out of the area, but were unsuccessful. Clark spent a few months surveying in Kentucky, as well as assisting in organizing Kentucky as a county for Virginia prior to the American Revolutionary War. [Read more…]
When the founding fathers declared war on Great Britain many thought it as a fool’s errand to go up against the greatest military power in the world, yet after 8 years of fighting and negotiating the thirteen colonies became the United States of America. I’ve already discussed how the British lost the Revolutionary War, but here are eight main reasons I believe America won the Revolutionary War. [Read more…]
Freidrich Wilhelm von Steuben also referred to as the Baron von Steuben, was a Prussian and later an American military officer. He served as inspector general and major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, the book that served as standard United States drill manual until the Civil War. He served as General George Washington’s chief of staff in the final years of the war. [Read more…]
Adam Stephen was a Scottish-born doctor and military officer. He came to North America, where he served in the Virginia colonial militia under George Washington during the French and Indian War. He served under Washington again in the American Revolutionary War, rising to lead a division of the Continental Army. After a friendly fire incident in the 1777 Battle of Germantown, Stephen was found to have been drunk during the battle, and was cashiered out of the army. He later founded Martinsburg, West Virginia. [Read more…]