Films

Introducing the Army

Generals Washington and Cornwallis recount the many faces of their armies.

Highlights

  • The Continental Army was the coordinated force of the thirteen American colonies, which was supplemented by militias from the individual states.
  • Some Indians and enslaved African-Americans chose to join the Continental Army.
  • Women were associated with the Continental Army in a variety of roles.
  • The British army was large, well-trained and possessed superior naval strength.
  • Britain relied on Hessian soldiers, hired from Germany, to increase their number of troops in the American colonies.
  • Some Indians and enslaved African-Americans chose to join the British army.
Image from Wikimedia Commons; Source: www.battleofgrotonheights.com Licensing information: This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

Eighteenth-century illustration of two Hessian soldiers, unknown artist/date, public domain