Choosing sides during the American Revolution
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. Before deciding, they needed to consider their own family’s opinions, friends’ choices, and personal political leanings. While some came to their conclusion because of strong personal beliefs, such as Peggy Shippen, others aided one side or the other to serve their self-interests or needs at the time, such as Bernardo de Galvez. Whatever their background, everyone needed to choose which side they would fight for in the American Revolution.