Captain John Parker and his 77 Minutemen attempted a show of determination when they were approached by Major John Pitcairn and his force of 700 Regulars at Lexington. What they did was initiate open armed conflict and a war.
It Begins at the Battle of Lexington
The grievances between disgruntled colonists and the British crown veered from politics to open armed conflict after the Boston Massacre. The trial of the British troops and the Crown's approval of their acquittal led to an easing of tensions.
The Boston Massacre and The Trial That Followed
A ragtag bunch of patriots took a stand against the world's greatest empire and was able to inflict a huge toll, both in numbers of soldiers lost and psychologically.
Rise of the Patriots at Battle of Bunker Hill
Born into slavery but free by the time of the American Revolution, Salem Poor was an exceptional fighter who played an influential role at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Salem Poor Born a Slave Fights for Freedom
A shadowy double agent, Irishman John Honeyman has the trust of the British because he distinguished himself with them during the French-Indian War. With his help, George Washington is able to surprise a Hessian garrison and defeat them at Trenton.
John Honeyman the Mysterious and Indispensible Spy
Sharpshooters like Pennsylvanian Timothy Murphy not only started firing rifles from a very young age but they also possessed superior technology in the form of the Kentucky long rifle which had a grooved bore.
The First American Sharpshooters
When faced with dwindling supplies of gunpowder while trying to hold off besieging British and Indian soldiers, teenager Betty Zane volunteers to run a gauntlet of death to retrieve more to help with the fight.
Betty Zane's Suicide Mission
Nancy Hart, a Georgia mother of eight, became a legend after she duped some Loyalists who invaded her home by getting them drunk then killing them.
Don't Mess With Nancy Hart
A supersized soldier named Peter Francisco becomes a legend on the battlefield for his displays of superior strength and fighting ability at various key battles during the American Revolution.
Peter Francisco the One Man Army