It being the Fourth of July, I thought it might be good to start a topic on the Revolutionary War.7/04/2008 #1
I know this is not going to be popular with americans but -if it wasnt for France America could not have won XD11/01/2008 #2
Actually, I think most Americans take that as a common fact.3/13/2009 #3
The Patriot (film) suggests otherwise.Then again all historical films have their flaws.3/14/2009 #4
Technically, depending on how you want to see it, we didn't even really win. Britain would've won eventually, but they said 'oh, forget this' and abandoned the war, thinking we'd eventually run back to them, seeing the era of our ways. As you can see, we haven't.
In those little historical cartoons they gave little kids to watch, they don't even mention the Trail of Tears or slavery! I mean, they could've slipped in while they were singing about Americans building the USA--'They killed the In-de-ans, and beat the bla-a-ack-ies!' Or something, you know?11/07/2009 #5
Actually, the show Liberty's Kids covered slavery sometimes.
And that's because that kind of stuff isn't really appropriate for ages 7 and up. And that's the audience they're aiming for.11/07/2009 #6
Well, okay, maybe not something that extreme, but they don't even mention Indians in the ones I watched.
How do I get information about the British (mainly) and American armies during the American Revolution? I've been googling but I can't find what I want, like what army ranks were during that time.11/08/2009 #7
What sort of information - aside from ranks - are you looking for?
As to ranks - Enlisted ranks were pretty simple overall, though there were some naming variations depending on the regiment. Essentially, the enlisted ranks ran as follows: private, corporal, sergeant, sergeant-major. I won't get into regimental variations unless requested.
Officer ranks could be a little more complicated, but basically they ran as follows: ensign, lieutenant, captain, major, colonel. There were other ranks that stood in between those, but for most purposes that list will suit.11/10/2009 . Edited 11/10/2009 #8
Would it make sense for a member of the nobility to have bought a commission? If he was, say, 32 would he have spent enough time (if he was a keen soldier) to become a Major?
P Lane7/16/2012 #9
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