As tensions finally came to a head on the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, the people near and around the Thirteen Colonies needed to decide whether to pledge loyalty to the Patriot forces or the British.
While revolutionaries fought for freedom from British tyranny and oppression during the American Revolution, this war did not guarantee freedom for all.
The visages of the American Revolution can still be seen today in the United States, either in the names of towns, state parks, and roads or in the memorials commemorating the men and women who fought for American independence.
Once the Patriot forces had won the war and the soldiers had gone home from the battlefields, the whole nation needed to find a way to move forward.
While war is generally associated with mighty armies fighting on battlefields, thousands of others had just as important roles, supporting and aiding the war effort.