Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence

British Government and Army

To properly interpret Revolutionary events in North America requires a thorough understanding of the British Government and how it operated. Will Monk provides a concise overview in an article published in the Journal of the American Revolution.

Primary Sources

Baule, Steven M., and Stephen Gilbert. British Army Officers Who Served in the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Westminster, Md: Heritage Books, 2004.

Great Britain, K. G. Davies, and Great Britain, eds. Documents of the American Revolution, 1770-1783: Colonial Office Series. 21 vols. Shannon: Irish University Press, 1972.

Secondary Sources

Bowler, Arthur R. Logisitics and the Failure of the British Army in America. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Edelson, S. Max. The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Fortescue, John. The War of Independence: The British Army in North America, 1775 – 1783. London: Greenhill Books [u.a.], 2001.

Hagist, Don N. British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution. Yardley, PA: Westholme, 2012.

Hargreaves, Reginald. The Bloodybacks – The British Servicemen in North America and the Caribbean 1655-1783. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1968.

Johnson, Donald F. Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution. Early American Studies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Katcher, Philip R. N. Encyclopedia of British, Provincial, and German Army Units, 1775-1783. S.l: Stackpole Books, 1973.

O’Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson. The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire. Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Pearson, Michael. Those Damned Rebels – The American Revolution as Seen through British Eyes. New York: G. P. Putnan’s Sons, 1972.

Sampson, Richard. Escape in America: The British Convention Prisoners, 1777-1783. Chippenham, Wiltshire: Picton Pub, 1995.

Urban, Mark. Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Walker & Company : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.


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