Fairfax County, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. Revolutionary War

Fairfax County, Virginia – During The American Revolution

George Mason IV and his son William Mason were both serving in the Fairfax Militia, that George Mason IV started in 1774, during the Revolutionary War. No major battles occurred within Fairfax County during the course of the Revolutionary War, yet residents feared that the British army would occupy the county of about ten thousand people to destroy Mount Vernon, the home of Commander and Chief of the Continental Army George Washington and it’s surrounding areas. When Washington was appointed commander of the Continental Army on June 14, 1775; he left Mount Vernon soon after his appointment and would not return to his home until six years later. It is likely Washington did not go back to Mount Vernon during most of the war to prevent the British from making it a target.

The American Revolution War Musuem at Yorktown, U.S. Revolutionary War

The 5,000 African American Soldiers That Fought In The Revolutionary War

During the course of the American Revolutionary War between 200,000 to 250,000 militiamen faught for the Americans. About 9,000 African American men were enlisted during the war and about 5,000 of those men faught in various battles.

Author’s Note:

The American Revolution Musuem of Yorktown has an exhibit dedicated to the African Americans soldiers that faught In he war.

Britain, Germany, U.S. Revolutionary War

German Soldiers Were Used As Auxiliary Troops By The British During the Revolutionary War

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, after the Seven Years War with France, the British government decided that they needed 20,000 additional auxiliary troops to wage war against the United States. After a failed attempt to attain those auxiliary troops from Russia, Britain decided to reach out to Germany for auxiliary Hessian troops. A total of 30,000 Hessian troops fought for the British Army, making up a quarter of the total British forces during the Revolutionary War.