A comparison of the british army and the american army from a patriots perspective
Americans had a grand cause: fighting for their rights, their independence and their liberty. Greene always acted under the command of Washington and never tried to undermine his authority as the Supreme Commander of the American forces.
According to Robert Calhoon, between 40 and 45 percent of the white population in the Thirteen Colonies supported the Patriots' cause, between 15 and 20 percent supported the Loyalistsand the remainder were neutral or kept a low profile.
The British had an extremely difficult objective. What hooks you?
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The Continental Army, by contrast, was mustered for an emergency; Americans continued to be hostile to standing armies and expected to demobilize when peace came. He also asserted that far-reaching reforms should be made in the militia, and that in case of emergency it would be placed under the command of the regular army. There are two possible explanations. Their soldiers were well equipped, well disciplined, well paid, and well fed. Light infantry accustomed to fight from tree to tree, or charge even in woods; and Grenadiers who after the first fire lose no time in loading again, but rush on, trusting entirely to that most decisive of weapons the bayonet, will ever be superior to any troops the Rebels can bring against them. During the previous years, the British had enjoyed triumph after triumph over nations as powerful as France and Spain. The answers to the questions raised above will be based on an analysis of the extensive correspondence that Washington conducted with various personalities during the war, with an emphasis on the period in which the fighting took place in the south, as seen through the instructions and contacts that Washington had with the commander of the American forces in the southern arena, General Nathanael Green. He therefore issued a series of severe orders to transfer reinforcements to the fortification system at West Point and also to increase the state of alert in Maryland and Virginia. Wily, , The British fought a war far from home. Greene was unconventional in his military thinking, but from his letters it appears that he believed only a standing army, based on the eighteenth century European model, could win the revolution. Visit this site's About page to find out more about Rebecca. On the place of the American Revolution within the general context of eighteenth century military history, see: Larry H. The Prussian rulers managed to set up an efficient bureaucratic system and invested many resources despite demographical and economic limitations.
Several years before Washington had himself been appointed as the militia officer of Virginia, but for him this appointment had merely been a jumping board for a permanent position in the British army. You know how looking at a math problem similar to the one you're stuck on can help you get unstuck?
There are two possible explanations.
The new military mechanism needed to be adapted to American liberalism, giving serious consideration to the traditional fears of a permanent standing army as a body that might injure the rights of the individual and society.
Therefore, from the strategic viewpoint, there was no difference between the two generals. The Continental Army, by contrast, was mustered for an emergency; Americans continued to be hostile to standing armies and expected to demobilize when peace came.
After the revolution it was said about Washington that he gave up all his authority and military power exactly as Cincinnatus had done. There are cases where boys, particularly children of soldiers, began their careers as young as 12; a few men enlisted in their 40s. In his view, Britain was close to the point at which she could no longer continue to fight in North America. See: Mark V. Some Patriots declared that they were loyal to the king, but they insisted that they should be free to run their own affairs. On the other hand, Charles Lee and Horatio Gates, who had served in the past as officers in the British army, supported militia operations and were opposed to setting up a regular army. Heath and Company, , After control was restored in the south, the British army could return and carry out military operations in the northern colonies. Continental and British soldiers. Despite occupying every major city, the British remained as at a disadvantage. When powder for the cannons finally arrived on March 2, the Americans began firing on Boston.
The result was a British army in excellent health and spirits. There are cases where boys, particularly children of soldiers, began their careers as young as 12; a few men enlisted in their 40s. When Greene arrived in the south, the ratio between the American and British forces had been in favor of the British.
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