Revolutionary War Stats

During the American Revolution, the British troops were great in number, well-trained, had a lot of weapons, ammunition, and were experienced in battles and war strategies.

They far outnumbered the colonists that were fighting for freedom and were considered to be one of the strongest naval and military forces at that time. Every place that the British had invaded, they had won.

They had never lost in any of their conquests, and this gave them a bloated sense of confidence. It is no surprise that the British assumed that they would win against the Continental Army.

However, they underestimated the desire of the colonists to have their freedom as well as the alliances that they had made with the French and Native Indians.

It’s difficult to believe that the Revolutionary War only lasted a bit over eight years, but during that time, there were many battles, a lot of injuries and loss of life.

The war was costly in lives as well as finances on all sides. Here are just some of the statistics of the American Revolution:

  • 20% of the colonists had remained loyal to the Crown.
  • 45% of the colonists supported the war and freedom from British rule.
  • The totals of those that fought for the Revolutionary War don’t include the women & families.
  • The population of the British colonists living in North America during the war was 2,165,076
  • The population of all people living in North America during the war was 3 million.
  • The population of London during the Revolutionary war was around 1 million.
  • The British had 133,000 troops in North America.
  • Those serving in the Continental Army numbered around 96,000
  • 12,000 French troops fought with the Continental Army.
  • Thirty thousand of the British troops were Hessians (Germans) that fought by their side.
  • The British had 13,000 Native Indians that had aligned with them to fight the colonists.
  • Around 25,000 freed Blacks and slaves fought with both the British and the colonists.
  • Seventeen thousand members of the Continental Army died of the disease.
  • Eight thousand members of the Continental Army died from battle inflicted wounds.
  • Four thousand four hundred thirty-five members of the Continental Army died in battle.
  • 24,000 British troops died during the American Revolution.
  • Around 20% of the German soldiers that fought with the British decided to stay.
  • After the war, those loyal to Britain returned to England or went to Canada or the Bahamas.
  • Fifty-five thousand of those serving on the colonial side were privateers during the war.
  • A teenage drummer serving in the Continental Army earned $8 per month.
  • During the Revolutionary War, there were 1,547 known military engagements.
  • The youngest age serving in the Continental Army was ten years old.
  • The oldest age serving in the Continental Army was 57 years old.
  • The cost of the American Revolution was around $151 million.
  • George Washington didn’t receive any payment for his military service.
  • There are 26 of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence still in existence.
  • 1 out of every 20 able-bodied free white males living in the colonies died during the war.
  • During the American Revolution, 6.5% of the population participated in it
  • A Flintlock Musket used by the Continental Army was 5 feet long.
  • A Flintlock Musket used by the Continental Army weighed 10 pounds.
  • The weight of a standard musket ball was 1 ounce.
  • 1 in 5 families in Boston owned slaves.
  • In 1775, Boston was more watery than today, and it was closer to being an island.
  • The British were slowed in their movement due to high ground growth, holes, & fences.

 

Q&A:

How many military engagements occurred during the Revolutionary War?
1,547

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What percentage of the Colonists continued to support the British?
20%

How many British soldiers were in North America during the American Revolution?
133,000

What were the youngest and oldest ages of those serving in the Continental Army?
10 and 57

Which sides did Native Indians help during the Revolutionary War?
Both sides

How many members of the Continental Army died from disease?
17,000