America was founded by its citizen soldiers. From the Minute Man of Boston to the Militia of Virginia and all the Continental soldiers in between, it was the average american that gave up his freedom and chose to fight that we have to thank for our freedoms today.

 

Lexington & Concord

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King's troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory.

 

 

Fort Ticonderoga

"America's Fort" was captured during "America's first Victory". Its location in the middle of the colonies and as a gate way to Canada facilitaded the building of this great star shapped fort. But it was the much needed arms and supplies that led the Green Mountain Boys under the command of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold Ethan Allen to capture it in May 1775. A victory which assisted the surrender of Boston by the British and later the Battle of Saratoga. Fort Ticonderoga became integral to our quest to become a sovereign state.

 

Saratoga

The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War. British General John Burgoyne led a large invasion army down from Canada; he was surrounded by American forces in upstate New York. Burgoyne fought two small battles to break out. They took place eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles (14 km) south of Saratoga, New York. They both failed. Trapped by superior American forces, with no relief in sight, Burgoyne surrendered his entire army on October 17. His surrender, says historian Edmund Morgan, "was a great turning point of the war, because it won for Americans the foreign assistance which was the last element needed for victory.

 

New Windsor

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is where the Continental Army under General George Washington spent the last winter and spring of the Revolutionary War. In October 1782, General Washington moved his northern army to New Windsor to establish winter quarters. Some 7,500 soldiers and 500 women and children civilian refugees encamped here. By late December 1782, they had erected nearly 600 log huts into a "cantonment," a military enclave. It was at the New Windsor Cantonment that the cease fire orders were issued by Washington ending the eight-year War of Independence on April 19, 1783.

Fish Kill Supply Depot Burial Ground 

The Fishkill Supply Depot was the major logistical center for the Revolutionary War in the North and contains a vast Continental Army Burial Complex, located at Fishkill, Hudson River Valley, New York. It is the largest burial ground of American Revolutionary War soldiers identified in the United States. Soldiers endured seven frigid upstate winters at the camp. In 2007, a team of archaeologists using ground penetrating radar discovered hundreds of graves at the Depot, halting commercial development.

 

Valley Forge

Valley Forge in Pennsylvania was the site of the military camp of the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777–1778. Though several locations were proposed, Washington selected Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Philadelphia. Named for an iron forge on Valley Creek, the area was close enough to the British to keep their raiding and foraging parties out of the interior of Pennsylvania, yet far enough away to halt the threat of British surprise attacks. The densely forested plateau of Mount Joy and the adjoining two-mile long plateau of Mount Misery combined with the Schuylkill River to the north, made the triangle area easily defensible, along with providing abundant forests of timber that would later be used to construct the thousands of log huts. 78 of the huts in the camp would home the soldiers, but over 2,500 of those soldiers died.

Yorktown

The Siege, Battle and Surrender at Yorktown, the latter taking place on October 19, 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia, was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by British lord and Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, the siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War, as the surrender by Cornwallis, and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict.

 

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