"Building an Army" The structure of an 18th century army

Armies during the American Revolution were more structured and organized than we often give them credit for. Far from being unruly mobs or scattered groups of disorganized and poorly trained farmers with rifles and pitchforks, the United States did have well trained and disciplined soldiers. These men, Continental soldiers, were generally as skilled as their British opponents. In some cases, they had even more experienced than the British troops they faced. This activity will enable students to better understand the makeup of an army in the American Revolution, and thus begin to have an appreciation for the human cost of war.

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Fort Sumter National Monument
30 minutes
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