Researching the American Revolution

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British Generals

William Howe, Charles Cornwallis, Henry Clinton, John Burgoyne (left to right)

List of British Army General Officers who served in North America during the War of Independence

An assessment of the character and competence of the British officer corps by British Major James Weymss including brief biogrpahical and rank information, see Assessment of British General Officers

Secondary Sources

Billias, George Athan, ed. George Washington’s Opponents – British Generals and Admirals in the American Revolution. New York: William Morrow, 1969.

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.

Journal Articles

For a comparison of the prior military experience of the British generals as compared with the Patriot generals, see an article entitled Revolutionary Rookies in the Journal of the American Revolution.

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