As we pause to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence every July it seems appropriate to consider the vital role played by the American military in the birth of our nation.
AKA "Old Grog"
American troops supported their mother country by helping to invade French Canada during the Seven Years War (or French and Indian War, 1754–1763). George Washington gained his first military experience fighting in the Ohio Valley in this conflict. At the battle of Quebec, which took place on September 13, 1759, Wolfe defeated Montcalm, with six companies of American rangers participating alongside British forces in the battle. The French lost Canada to the British.
US Marine Corps Museum, Triangle, VA
The American Revolution is often portrayed in rosy-hued colors due to its remoteness and patriotic outcome. It was, in fact, a horrendously bloody conflict. This war lasted over eight years -- more than twice as long as American participation in WWII. Recent scholarship has placed the total number of Americans killed in the American Revolution at around 25,000 which compares to a total US population of the thirteen colonies in 1775 of 2.4 million. Thus over one percent of the total population of the thirteen colonies were killed over the course the nearly eight and half years of the war’s duration. Many Americans, for example, died as prisoners of war on English prison hulks.
While significant battles were fought on American soil at places such as Saratoga, Trenton and, of course, Yorktown, American patriots also felt compelled to adopt more aggressive offensive measures. Britain was, after all, a global superpower of the day with far greater naval, economic and military resources than the thirteen colonies could muster. American leaders sought to dramatize the cost of the war to Britain by taking the conflict to her shores and possessions.
|Letter signed by Benedict Arnold|
Camp before Quebec
March 17, 1776
|John Paul Jones spikes the English Guns|
Christopher Kelly is the co-author of America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth. His next book with Stuart Laycock, Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World will be published this fall.
The Los Angeles Daily News was among many publications to run the above editorial...http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20150702/american-militarys-vital-role-in-birth-of-our-nation-guest-commentary
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