The Revolutionary War

  • Abigail Adams

    Abigail Adams was one of the founders of the American Revolution. Smart, passionate, and articulate, she supported her husband and spoke out on her own too. Fun Facts Abigail Adams was born in 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, just a few miles from Boston. Her parents both came from important families.…


  • Joseph Warren

    Joseph Warren was an important, but often forgotten figure in the Revolutionary War. He was a doctor, popular speaker, and grave robber. Fun Facts Joseph Warren was fourteen-years-old when he enrolled at Harvard University. By age 22, he was a physician, treating prominent people in Boston, including John Adams, Samuel…


  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    Tensions had been escalating for weeks and the British warship Lively had been sitting in the Boston Harbor. The American militiamen had a surprise for the redcoats. Fun Facts As the sun rose on June 17, 1775, sailors on the British warship Lively were surprised. A fort stood on a…


  • After the Boston Tea Party

    King George was furious when he heard about the Boston Tea Party. Enough was enough! Parliament passed even stricter laws to punish the colonists. British leaders hoped these laws would make the colonists back down. Their ideas didn’t work. Fun Facts The colonists called the strict laws “The Intolerable Acts.”…


  • Being a Redcoat

    Think being a soldier during the Revolutionary War was an exciting life? Think again. More often than not, soldiers’ lives were lonely, dangerous, and hard. Especially if you were a redcoat. Fun Facts During the American Revolution, American soldiers (patriots) were not professional soldiers. Most were farmers or tradesmen. They…


  • Molly Pitcher

    Few women worked as soldiers during the Revolutionary War, but they did work as nurses and cooks. Mary Ludwig was one of those women. That is, until her husband collapsed in battle and she picked up his gun. Fun Facts Molly Pitcher’s real name was Mary Ludwig. She was born…


  • Deborah Sampson

    Move over Mulan. Meet a real woman disguised as a male soldier. Deborah Sampson fought in the Revolutionary War for two years before her gender was discovered.   Fun Facts Deborah Sampson was born in 1760 in Plimpton, Massachusetts. Her parents were direct descendants of important Pilgrims, William Bradford, first…


  • Sybil Ludington

    Colonial women didn’t usually fight in the Revolutionary War, but many of them tried to do their part. Sybil Ludington was only sixteen years old when her turn came. Fun Facts A messenger arrived on horseback at the home of Colonel Henry Ludington on the night of April 26, 1777.…


  • Taxes, Taxes, Taxes!

    The French and English both wanted to stake a claim in North America. French soldiers aided native people in a war against the colonists; the English sent soldiers to protect them. This war, The French and Indian War, lasted for almost 10 years. Although the English and the colonists ultimately won…


  • Spies!

    Spies!

    Winning the Revolutionary War was a longshot for the Continental Army. They needed all the help they could get. The French helped. George Washington believed that God supported their cause. But help also came from spies. These brave men and women risked their lives to gather information for George Washington…