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Revolutionaries - Leaders & Commanders

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Major General Anthony Wayne

Revolutionaries - The Leaders and Commanders
This article contains fast facts and information about the Revolutionaries. Who were the Commanders and Leaders of Revolutionaries who fought during the American War of Independence? What was the contribution of these famous Revolutionaries in the major battles of the war that led the Americans to victory over the British forces.

At the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775 there was no standing army - each of the thirteen colonies had relied upon their militia, made up of part time citizen-soldiers, for local defence.

The outbreak of the war meant that the Revolutionaries needed to organize forces of American Revolutionary Soldiers to fight in the conflict against the British in America. The leading Revolutionaries in the Continental Congress initiated plans to develop an American Army which they called the Continental Army. George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the army, and held the rank of Major-General during the war. The other generals, reporting to George Washington, played critical parts in Revolutionary Battles. One of the most important advantages the American Revolutionaries had over the British was their many great leaders and commanders - Revolutionaries such as Washington, Nathanael Greene, John Stark, Benedict Arnold, Daniel Morgan and Anthony Wayne.

Fast Facts about Revolutionaries
The following facts about the Revolutionaries provide interesting facts and an overview and description of their involvement in the American Revolutionary War. Read the fact file on the Revolutionaries and understand the importance and significance of these famous commanders and military leaders during the American War of Independence. The Revolutionaries fact file provides a useful list of the most important Revolutionaries.

George Washington (1732-1799) played a critical role in most of the battles of the revolution including the final Battle of Yorktown

Captain John Parker (July 13, 1729 September 17, 1775) was a military leader at the Battle of Lexington, Battle of Concord and the Siege of Boston. died of tuberculosis on September 17th, 1775; aged 46

James Barrett was a military leader at the Battle of Concord. He was commander at the Old North Bridge and responsible for the supplies in the region.

William Heath (March 7, 1737 January 24, 1814) was a military leader at the Battle of Concord. He died at his home in Roxbury on January 24, 1814.

Joseph Warren (June 11, 1741 June 17, 1775) took a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston was a military leader at the Battle of Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Artemas Ward (November 26, 1727 October 28, 1800) was a a Congressman from Massachusetts and a military leader at the Siege of Boston. Artemas died at his home in Shrewsbury in 1800.

Henry Knox (July 25, 1750 October 25, 1806) was a military leader at the Siege of Boston. He served as the first United States Secretary of War. He died in 1806 after swallowing a chicken bone.

Ethan Allen was a military leader at the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga. Ethan Allen January 21, 1738 - February 12, 1789 was a Major General in the Vermont Republic militia, leader of the Green Mountain Boys and a Colonel in the Continental Army.

Benedict Arnold was a military leader at the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga, Battles of Saratoga and the Battle of Quebec. Benedict Arnold (21 December 1615 - 19 June 1678) was an American Revolution general who defected from the American to the British side. His plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled in 1780


John Stark (August 28, 1728 - May 8, 1822) was a New Hampshire general who served in the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was a military leader at the Battle of Chelsea Creek, Battle of Bennington, Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Israel Putnam (January 7, 1718 - May 29, 1790) was a military leader at the Battle of Chelsea Creek, Battle of Long Island and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

William Prescott (February 20, 1726 October 13, 1795) was a military leader at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Captain Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) was a military leader great tactician at the Battle of Quebec, Battle of Cowpens, Battles of Saratoga.

Richard Montgomery (December 2, 1738 December 31, 1775) was a military leader at the Battle of Quebec. He was killed in battle with grapeshot through the head and both thighs in 1775

William Moultrie (November 23, 1730 September 27, 1805) was a military leader at the Battle of Sullivan's Island.

William Alexander (17261783) was a military leader at the Battle of Long Island.

Alexander McDougall (1731-1786) was a leader from the New York City Sons of Liberty and a military leader at the Battle of White Plains

Joseph Spencer (October 3, 1714 - January 13, 1789) was a statesman from Connecticut and served both as a delegate to the Continental Congress and as a was a military leader at the Battle of White Plains

Robert Magaw (1738-1790) was a military leader at the Battle of Fort Washington

General Nathanael Greene (August 7, 1742 - June 19, 1786) was a military leader at the the Battle of Trenton, Battle of Monmouth, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Battle of Eutaw Springs the Battle of Fort Washington.

Hugh Mercer was a (January 17, 1726 - January 12, 1777) was a soldier and physician and served as a military leader at the Battle of Princeton.

Nicholas Herkimer (c. 1728-August 16, 1777) was a military leader at the Battle of Oriskany, where he died of the wounds he received in the conflict.

Seth Warne (May 6, 1743 - December 26, 1784) was a military leader at the Battle of Bennington. He died in his home from TB ageD 41.

Francis Nash (1742 October 7, 1777) was a military leader at the Battle of Brandywine. He was injured leading his brigade into the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777 and died on October 7.

Peter Muhlenberg (October 1, 1746 - October 1, 1807) was an American clergyman and a military leader at the Battle of Brandywine.

Anthony Wayne (January 1, 1745 December 15, 1796) was a statesman and a military leader at the Battle of Brandywine.

Horatio Gates (26 July 1727 - 10 April 1806) fought during the Battle of Camden and the Battles of Saratoga.

Benjamin Lincoln (January 24, 1733 May 9, 1810) fought during the Battles of Saratoga, Siege of Savannah and the Siege of Charleston. Benjamin Lincoln was not a direct ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln, but was distantly related

Enoch Poor (June 21, 1736, Old Style - September 8, 1780) fought during the Battles of Saratoga.

Ebenezer Learned (April 18, 1728 - April 1, 1801) fought during the Battles of Saratoga.

John Sullivan (April 18, 1728 - April 1, 1801) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and a military leader at the Battle of Germantown.

Charles Lee (February 6, 1732 - October 2, 1782) was a Virginia planter and a military leader at the Battle of Monmouth.

James Johnston (1742 - July 23, 1805) was a a member of the North Carolina Provincial Congress and a military leader at the Battle of King's Mountain

John Sevier (23 September 1745 25 September 1815) was a military leader at the Battle of King's Mountain

William Campbell (1745 - August 22, 1781) was a military leader at the Battle of King's Mountain

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