People - Revolutionary War

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Important Revolutionary War people

Ethan Allen

Leader of the Green Mountain Boys who, in 1775, captured the British fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain in New York.

Benedict Arnold

An officer who had played a key role in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and later helped lead the Patiots' invasion of Canada.

Thomas Jefferson

Wrote the Declaration of Independence declaring that people had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

John Dickinson

A patriot

British General Howe

Was supposed to help General Burgoyne agains the Americans in Albany, NY

John Paul Jones

An American Naval officer and commander of the Bonhomme Richard.

James Forten

Son of a free-African sail maker, he was captured by the British at age 14. Released after the war he walked barefoot from New York to his home in Philadelphia.

Henry Hamilton

A British general on the frontier, called the "Hair Buyer" because he supposedly paid money for American scalps.

Marquis de Lafayette

A young French nobleman who fought as an American commander in the American revolution. He used his own money to buy clothing for the troops.

Baron von Steuben

A German who helped the inexperienced Americans become a disciplined fighting force.

George Washington

Named Commander of the Continental Army in June 1775.

George III

British king during the Revolutionary War

Samuel Adams

A leader of the Boston Sons of Liberty.

John Adams

A colonist lawyer who defended some of the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. An important voice of reason.

Paul Revere

A Boston silversmith, who along with William Dawes, was charged with spreading the news about British troop movements.

Benedict Arnold

An American officer who was involved in invading Quebec in hopes of drawing Canadians into the Patriot camp. Also played a role at Fort Ticonderoga.

Thomas Paine

Author of the influential pamphlet "Common Sense" which advocated American independence.

Lord Cornwallis

General of the British army in the southern colonies. Defeated by Washington's forces in the Battle of Yorktown.

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