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The American Revolts (A Failed Revolution)

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The American Revolts

August 19,1775


November 10th, 1778


The 13 colonies


British victory

Major battles:

The Battle of New York, The Battle of Saratoga, The Battle of Richmond


American rebels

Great Britain


George Washington, Horatio Gates, Benedict Arnold, Adam Stephan

William Howe, John Burgoyne


approx. 30,000

approx. 45,000

Casualties and Losses

23,000+, including Captured and MIA

5,000 including captured and MIA

The American revolts were the ATL equivalent of the OTL American Revolution. It was a battle for American independence from Britain, that failed, and with enormous casualties at that. The war would seal the fate of America as a colony of Britain for hundreds of years to come.

The revolts started on August 19th, 1775, at Lexington and Concord. The battle was between American militia members and the British army. The British army was defeated, and the British suffered pretty bad losses. This made both sides start to build up forces, for the all out war that was sure to follow.

Despite the strong start for the Americans, their luck would soon turn for the worst. George Washington was given command of the Continental army, numbering nearly 10,000. They moved to New York, intending to secure the city. However, despite the obvious strategic value in taking the city, the move would backfire In a major way for the Americans.

On August 27th, the battle for Long Island, one of the biggest in the war, starts. The American army is ill-prepared, especially when compared to the well prepared and much better equipped British troops. The battle raged, causing heavy casualties on both sides. The Americans were pushed back, and cornered. The two sides were at a standstill, with the British unwilling to advance, and the Americans unwilling to retreat.

Finally, With loses mounting, Washington decoded to retreat. He gathered as many boats as possible, hoping to evacuate his army safely. Unfortunately for the Americans, British observers had noticed this movement, and reported back to the British commander. This led to the British placing a regiment on the other side of the American crossing point, covering up so that the Americans would not notice them. As the evacuation began, the British opened fire. The few who made it past the crossing were quickly rounded up by the British and captured. The few that escaped were later crushed in the battle of Orange County.

The Battle of Saratoga was one of the most influential battles in the war. The battle occurred on October 7th, 1777, and was another disaster for the American Rebels. On the British side, the battle was commanded by Gen. Burgoyne, who was in command of at least 12,000 troops. On the other side was American General Gates, who had perhaps 9,000-11,000 although official numbers were never available. The clash would prove to be a decisive British victory.

Despite The American attempts to trap the British, the British still attempted to break out. On there third attempt, the army seceded, breaking the American army in two. From that point on, the British dominated the battle field, destroying the American army quickly. This battle marked the end of the fight in the north part of the colonies, and reestablished British dominate across the 13 colonies. Shortly after, the Continental congress evacuated from Baltimore to Richmond.

The last battle of the war was the battle of Richmond. The town had been captured, and the American rebels, led by Benedict Arnold and Adam Stephan, intending to take it back. However, the American troops were ill prepared for the trenches the British had set up. They attempted to take the city three times, each time being brutally pushed back. Meanwhile, British troops had maneuvered behind the Americans. When they attempted to retreat, they fell right into the British trap. By the end of the battle, the war was for the most part, over.

On November 10th, the Treaty of Philadelphia was officially signed by both sides marking the end of the conflict. The treaty was surprisingly lenient to the Rebels, as the British leadership realized harsh terms would only lead to more revolts. For many years to come, to colonies would remain at peace.

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