The American Revolution was after all a war, a civil war, fought by citizens of the British Empire, those who prized the qualities of that citizenship against those who wished for something different, those rebels who declared an independent state. Professional soldiers on both sides, those who had trained in the British forces and rebelled against them versus those who fought in the British professional regiments; those who brought assistance, like the French versus the Hessians and finally citizen against citizen, brother against brother, father against son, the Rebels versus the Loyalists.
This military section of our site is meant to be an introduction and overview of some military aspects of the loyalist side of the Revolutionary War. It is hoped it will provide some answers for you, but if your ap-petite is whetted, then also a beginning into those vast sources of much more specialized and detailed information.
As this section begins to grow, it features: