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Revolutionary War Leaders 1775-1783

Many military leaders in the American Revolutionary War played a important role. The following list is a collection of some of the most important leaders among all of the many participants in the war. The following individuald has satisfied one of the following criteria:

  1. was a nation's top civilian responsible for directing military affairs
  2. held a commission of at least major general or rear admiral in an organized military during the conflict
  3. was the highest ranking member of a given nation's force that participated in the conflict (if that rank was not at least major general)
  4. was the highest ranking member of a given state/colonial militia
  5. was a provincial or territorial governor who is documented to have directed a military action
  6. was a Native American tribal leader who is documented to have had a leadership position in a military action

Some individuals held more than one position in more than one organization; some Continental Army generals also held high-ranking positions in their state militia or state government.

Continental Army and the United States Leaders

Includes Government, Militia, Frontier leaders, Army and Navy Officers and Foreign Commanders

British Empire Leaders

includes Government officials, Secretaries at War, Commander-in-Chiefs, Lieutenant and Major Generals, Royal governors, Frontier leaders, Foreign Commanders and Native American Allies

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