Thomas Sumter was a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia; a brigadier general in the South Carolina colonial militia during the American Revolutionary War, a planter, and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801 to 1810, when he retired. Sumter was nicknamed the “Carolina Gamecock,” for his fierce fighting style against British soldiers after they burned down his house during the Revolution. [Read more…]
Philip Schuyler was a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and later served as a United States Senator from New York. He was aligned with the Federalist party in the late 18th century and was the father-in-law to the Federalist party leader, Alexander Hamilton. [Read more…]
Richard Montgomery was an Irish-born soldier who first served in the British Army. He later became a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and he is most famous for leading the failed 1775 invasion of Canada.
Montgomery was born and raised in Ireland. In 1754, he enrolled at Trinity College, Dublin, and two years later joined the British Army to fight in the French and Indian War. He steadily rose through the ranks, serving in North America and then the Caribbean. After the war he was stationed at Fort Detroit during Pontiac’s War, following which he returned to Britain for health reasons. In 1773, Montgomery returned to the 13 original colonies, married Janet Livingston, and began farming. [Read more…]
The Siege of Fort St John was the first victory in the Canada Campaign led by General Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold. The first battle was the surprise capture of Fort Ticonderoga which gave the Continental Army much needed weapons to drive the British out of Boston. The Americans hoped to surprise the British and capture Canada and influence them to join the 13 colonies in the American Revolutionary War. [Read more…]
Francis Marion ( 1732 – February 27, 1795) was a military officer in the American Revolutionary War. He became one of the most popular characters in the war, especially in the south. Marion was one of the first to employ guerrilla tactics against the British and became one of the founders of guerrilla warfare. Marion is considered to be the father of modern guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare. He is also considered to be the father of the United States Army Rangers. [Read more…]