Films

North and South

Generals Washington and Cornwallis report the highlights of the Revolution in the North and South.

Highlights

  • Though the Continental Army won several key battles in the North, such as Boston and Trenton, it was largely defeated by the British army. 
  • The American victory at Saratoga was a turning point in the war, raising morale of the troops and encouraging France to ally with the United States.
  • With increasing threat from France and Spain, King George III was forced to defend British territory at home and abroad.
  • Thinking to use the advantage of the Loyalist population in the south, the British army focused operations in the South.
  • Though often successful in battle, victories in the South cost the British army dearly in casualties.
View of the attack on Bunker Hill and Charles Town burning, 1783 engraving, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

View of the attack on Bunker Hill and Charles Town burning, 1783 engraving, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation


Image from Wikimedia Commons; Source: Photograph of original portrait; Licensing information: This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or fewer.

Nathanael Greene, Charles Wilson Peale, 1783, public domain