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How many soldiers served in the war?:|
Over the course of the war, about 231,000 men served in the Continental Army, though never more than 48,000 at any one time, and never more than 13,000 at any one place. The sum of the Colonial militias numbered upwards of 145,000 men.
At its peak, the British Army had upwards of 22,000 men at its disposal in North America to combat the rebellion. An additional 25,000 Loyalists, faithful to Great Britain, participated in the conflict as well. Nearly 30,000 German auxiliaries, or Hessians, were hired out by German princes and served alongside the British for the duration of the war.
Brief Timeline: See Timeline of the American Revolutionary War for more. 1770 - Boston Massacre 1773 - Boston Tea Party 1775 - Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord George Washington named Commander in Chief Battle of Bunker Hill: The British drive the Americans from Breed's Hill 1776 July 3 - Washington takes command of the army besieging Boston July 4 - Continental Congress approves the Declaration of Independence Aug 27 - British win the Battle of Long Island Sept. 15: The British occupy New York City Nov 20 - Dec 7 - Washingdton's army retreats across NJ to PA Dec 26 - Washington wins the first Battle of Trenton 1777 Jan 2-3 - Washington wins again at Princeton Jan 6 - May 28 Main Continental Army encamped at Morristown, NJ The continental Army consists of about 100,000 men About twice that many served as militiamen (part time soldiers) May 28 - July 2 Army stationed at Middlebrook Heights, Martinsville, NJ June 27 - Burgoyne leads a British Arm south form Canada into NY June 25-27 - Howe fails to destroy the Continental Army in NJ at the Battle of Short Hills (What is now the Plainfield Country Club) Aug 25 Main British Army sails from Statten Island to reach Philadelphia via the Chesapeake. Sept. 11: The British win the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania Sep 26 British under Howe occupy Philadelphia Oct. 17: Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY Dec 19 1777 - June 18, 1778 Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge 1778 Dec 11,1778 - June 1779 2nd Middlebrook Encampment Dec. 29: The redcoats occupy Savannah 1779 June 20: Stono River, SC, Maj. Gen. Lincoln inflicts extensive British casualties in indecisive battle December 1779 to June 1780.The entire Continental Army camped at Jockey Hollow, Morristown, NJ (the harshest winter of the 18th century) 1780 Battles mainly in NC, SC 1781 Oct. 19: Cornwallis surrounded on land and sea by Americans and French and surrenders at Yorktown, VA 1782 July 11: British evacuate Savannah, GA Nov. 30: British and Americans sign preliminary Articles of Peace Dec. 14: British leave Charleston, SC 1783 April 19: Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty Sept. 3: The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris Nov. 25: British troops leave New York City Dec. 23: Washington resigns as Commander 1788 June 21: U.S. Constitution adopted, when New Hampshire ratifies itLinks:
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