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Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
- George Washington, Letter of Instructions to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments (July 29, 1759)

The Revolutionary War lasted 8 years (1775-1783). George Washington lost every battle except for the last one, yet the Revolutionaries continued the battle, with the support of the colonists, until they won.

American History 1775-1783: American War of Independence, Revolutionary War, was a war between Great Britain and revolutionaries in 13 colonies, who declared their independence as the United States of America in 1776.

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Recent hand-picked Revolutionary War news and articles

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (book review)
Even history buffs who have browsed through countless books about the Founding Fathers should look into "Washington: A Life by Ron" because of the quality of the writing and psychological insights revealing what motivates human beings.

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Giles Unger (book review)
A new biography explores the life of Patrick Henry, famous for his speech at a revolutionary convention of his fellow Virginians on March 23, 1775: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1-July 4, 1776 (book review)
The men who travelled to Philadelphia in May 1776 for the Second Continental Congress faced the decision left undone by the First Continental Congress: Fix the stalemate with the British government or break away from the motherland..

Mosquitoes helped Americans defeat British in Revolutionary War
Malaria was all over the American South, when, in 1779, the British chose a "southern strategy" against the rebels under George Washington.

Why didn't soldiers use bows and arrows instead of muskets in 1766?
If an archer can deliver 4 arrows in the time of charging and firing one bullet, why didn`t the colonist use bows and arrows. Even Ben Franklin pondered the question in 1776, when he was concerned about a shortage of gunpowder.

American Insurgents, American Patriots : The Revolution of the People Before Independence (book review)
T. H. Breen changes focus from the Founding Fathers to the everyday people who took part in a resistance that usually goes unnoticed in the Revolution War history books.

John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath (book review)
Only two American naval officers - John Paul Jones and John Barry - emerged from the small, hastily set up Continental Navy with true hero status after the war.

Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution (book review)
Mark Urban`s new book provides the viewpoint of the British soldiers fighting for King George III - and shoots down myths on why the British lost the war.

British warship HMS Somerset III resurfaces off Cape Cod
The wreck of the British warship HMS Somerset III has reappeared in the shifting sands off Cape Cod and park officials are seizing the moment and having the wreck "digitally preserved" using 3D imaging technology.

Researching Revolutionary War ancestors
If your family tree in America goes back to 1775-1783, it is very likely you can claim descendency from at least one ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War.

Historian crushes myths about the American Revolution [long article]
The War of Independence is filled with stories not based in the facts, and this article re-evaluates the biggest Revolutionary War myths.

Letters reveal British despair during the American War of Independence
Historic letters, which will be auctioned off, reveal the British commanders`s pessimistic views, which contrast dramatically with the out-of-touch communications of George III and his ministers in London.