US Casualties in the American Revolution

The American revolution was a momentous event in world history. It was the first time a colony had stood up to an empire and ultimately prevailed. The fight for independence came with a cost though. This chart shows the total US casualties in the American Revolution.

At the beginning of the Revolution the colonists didn’t have a standing army. The British Empire provided the protection (and taxed the colonists for it). There were militias in each colony that could be called upon, but not much outside of that.

As a result of the Second Continental Congress, in 1775 the Continental Army was formed. George Washington was selected as commander to lead the forces.

Early on in the conflict, the Continual Army suffered defeat after defeat. In some respects it was a miracle it stayed together. Washington proved an expert in leading an organized retreat, and in regrouping the army to fight another day.

Eventually the tide began to turn towards the United States. The victory at Saratoga was a turning point, and the army emerged better trained after a harsh winter at Valley Forge. After a few years of stalemate in the northeast, the Americans finally cornered the Britsh at Yorktown, and forced what eventually was a decisive surrender of British forces.

Ultimately, the new nation succeeded in defeating the British Empire and gaining their independence.

US Casualties in the American Revolution

US Casulaties in the American Revolution chart

Strangely enough, the battlefield losses and wounded did not amount to a huge percentage. The Americans suffered far more deaths from disease and prisoners of war than casualties on the battlefield, and a vast majority of those who served survived the conflict.

Such statistics were common with the limited medical knowledge at the time. Overall, only 2% of the total number did people served died in battle, which is fairly close to other wars the United States had since.

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Sources: Battlefields VA.gov

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