5 of the Revolutionary War’s most brutal battles
If you look up “brutality” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find an image from the Revolutionary War. Lasting a little over eight years, this was a flat out warzone for everyone involved. We look at five of the most vicious battles to take place during this historic event.
Siege of Savannah
To the U.S. military, the Siege of Savannah felt more like a flat sequel. One year prior, Savannah, Georgia was captured by the British. On September 16, 1779, an attempt to reclaim the city began. For this mission, the Franco-American alliance sprung to action with their finest troops. Unfortunately, the Brits were a bit wiser about this situation. In the end, the siege failed with 457 killed/wounded on the Franco-American side. While they won, the British army still managed to have 103 soldiers killed/wounded. British officer Sir Henry Clinton stated, “I think that this is the greatest event that has happened the whole war.”
Battle of Eutaw Springs
The Battle of Eutaw Springs was one of the final battles taking place in the Carolinas. While residents there breathed a sigh of relief, the aftermath still gave them nightmares. On September 8, 1781, 2,200 U.S. soldiers clashed with 2,000 British soldiers near Charleston, South Carolina. What made this battle a bit more intriguing was the massive amount of barefoot American soldiers. With plenty at stake, they walked through blood, dirt, and poop to get the job done. While the British retreated, both sides claimed they were victorious. 513 American soldiers were killed/wounded while 382 British soldiers suffered the same fate.
Battle of Brandywine
On September 11, 1777, the Battle of Brandywine brought the largest amount of troops around. This was basically the All-Star Game of the American Revolution battles. It was so big, Canada decided to get their hands dirty alongside the U.S. They didn’t come fighting with bacon or Celine Dion records, either. They were strapped to the bone with the best guns possible. This one-day event was the longest battle ever with 11 straight hours of action. We’re not sure if either side decided to use a timeout during this one. In the end, the U.S. walked away losers against the union of Britain and Germany. The U.S. had a total of 600 soldiers killed/wounded while Britain/Germany had 581 killed/wounded.
Battle of Germantown
On October 4, 1777, the United States and Canada squared off against Britain and Germany again. This time, it was for the Battle of Germantown. Unlike the previous wars, Mother Nature decided to throw a curveball with fog. This made things a bit difficult for the U.S. troops to see their surroundings. George Washington mistakenly decided to attack the Chew Mansion, which was filled with 120 British soldiers. With the heavy fog surrounding them, the American troops couldn’t actually see the structure. Unfortunately, many American soldiers suffered casualties upon reaching the area. While it turned into a tight battle, the Brits won yet again. 652 U.S. soldiers were killed/wounded, and the British Army had 519 British soldiers killed/wounded.
Battle of Camden
Major General Horatio Gates was a champion when it came to America’s win at the Battles of Saratoga. At the Battle of Camden on August 16, 1780, however, his actions nearly destroyed the U.S. military. While the U.S. had 4,000 strong soldiers, that number drastically dropped by the end of the day. Due to careless mistakes, 900 U.S. soldiers were killed/wounded. If that wasn’t enough, 1,000 of them were captured by the British Army. The opposing side had it easy with only 314 soldiers killed/wounded. As expected, Gates was never asked to lead soldiers again.