Revolutionary War Update
The Search for the Weapons
An Angry British government had turned Massachusetts into
an armed camp for training. Militia companies became
minutemen fighters who could be ready in a minute to defend
Massachusetts. The British too kept their soldiers and their
Colonists were against British General Thomas Gage the
new governor of Massachusetts. General Thomas Gage heard
that the patriots were storing weapons in the town of
Concord. He also heard that John Hancock and Samuel
Adams two leaders of the Sons of Liberty were staying in the
village of Lexington. General Thomas Gage sent 700 British
soldiers to find where they were storing the weapons and take
the Patriot leaders as prisoners.
Two men of Sons of Liberty, Paul Revere and William
Dawes, rode out the night of April 18 to warn Hancock and
Adams the British were are coming. On April 19 the British
reached Lexington and saw minutemen waiting for them to
arrive. British soldiers fired first and 8 of the minutemen
were killed. Several were wounded. The British marched on
This is a picture of the battle in Lexington and Concord. to Concord but the weapons were not there they had moved
The British are attacking the Americans because they the weapons. So they wouldn’t find them. After looking for a
think they are hiding weapons. while the decided to go back to Boston. On their way they
were shot by minutemen that were hiding on the sides of the
roads and in the woods. The British lost 73 men and 174
were wounded in the fighting at Lexington and Concord 93
minutemen were killed out of 4000. The shots that were fired
in Lexington and Concord marked the beginning of a long
war between the Britain and the American colonies.
“I have not yet begun to fight” said John Paul Jones
Freeing African Americas Feeling of Music
At the start of the war free Africans were as quick Music served a useful part in the Revolutionary
to take sides as many of their European neighbors. War. Songs were written for different reasons. Often
Peter Salem was among at least 5 Americans who they were used to help people feel excited and
fought at Concord with the Minutemen. Free and emotional about their causes. Revolutionary music
enslaved people fought at the battle of Bunker Hill in was a good way to exprees feelings to make fun of
Boston Massachusetts. About 5000 Africans fought in the enemies, and forget the terrible realities of war.
the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Some songs were “Yankee Doodle” and “In the
Many Africans were so filled with ideas of freedom Good Old Colony Days.”
and of liberty that they changed their names. The
people that changed their names were Cuff Freedom,
Dick Freedom, Ned Freedom, Cuff Liberty, Peter
Liberty, Jeff Liberty and Pomp Liberty. A regiment is
a troop of soldiers. The soldiers wore uniforms that
had patches that said “Liberty to Slaves.”
General George Washington
George Washington left Philadelphia right away to
take charge of his army, which had already fought
its first major battle. It was so fierce that to save
bullets the colonists were ordered not to fire until
you see the whites of the eyes. The British were
driven back to Boston twice before the colonist ran
out of bullets. George arrived in Massachusetts to
meet his army less than three weeks after the battle.
George Washington was the first president in
This is a portrait of George American history. He had a wife named Martha.
Washington in Ramsay’s
“Life of Wahington,”1807 When he died he died childish.
“ Give me liberty or give me death” said Patrick Henry
Revolutionary War Facts
1. The Americans of 1776 had the highest standard of the living and the lowest taxes in
the Western World.
2. There were two Boston Tea Parties.
3. Benjamin Franklin wrote the first Declaration of Independence.
4. John Adams defended the British soldiers after the Boston massacre.
5. History’s first submarine attack took place in New York’s Harbor in 1776.
6. Benedict Arnold was the best Continental Army General.
7. By 1779 as many as one in seven Americans were in Washington’s army.
8. There were women in the Continental Army even a few who saw combat.
9. George Washington was the best spymaster in American History.
10. King George gave up when the British lost.