Who Had The Home Court Advantage In The Revolutionary War? ?

Despite the forces against them, how why was the american army able to defeat a world super power? how was a group of ragged militia led by a general who”s war resume contained defeats and mishaps leading his troops able to turn the war around and give the americans hope? Was it because of the colonist”s motivation (the fact they had something to fight for; their freedom) . I believe it was a culmination of the following.for one, the establishment of a continental congress (first and second) unified patriots by making them feel like there was a promising future. they were finally able to get together and discuss how they believe the country should be ran after the British were drove out. the men who were educated by leaders of the enlightenment were able to put their knowledge to the test by trying to form a provisional government. even though the first congressional congress didn”t work out, they were confident they could get it right a second time.i also feel that the national was in turmoil at the time, being forced to declare loyalty to the crown or loyalty to the patriots. this was driven by authors such as Thomas Paine who called for an independence and a nonmonarchial form of government. either you were with the country or you were against it in the eyes of the patriots. there was no room for being neutral. such skirmishes forced British loyalists to either take up arms or flee to the mother country.there was a certain appeal to supporting the patriots. people who were used to being ruled, finally had a chance to dictate how their lives were run. patriots encouraged all citizens to become active in the decisions that affect how their lives were run. from taxes to laws, people now were given the opportunity to dictate their life and the way the direction they wanted to take it.the most important factor in the American revolution i believe was the home turf advantage. the patriots were fighting for their land, their people and their freedom. such desperations made hero”s out of ordinary men. the British troops however, lacked moral. having to be away from their families and fighting people who they considered their own citizens, must have taken a toll. the American people had spoken out, either by paying local taxes and supporting the patriot movement , or taking up arms and defending their natural rights. this home court advantage, i believe, directly led to the defeat of the British in colonial America.

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Jessica Melhusesaid…

I agree that the home court/turf advantage was REAL important for the Americans. By being on land that the colonists knew and by having their families close and supplies close by as well made for a security blanket for the Americans. I also believe another advantage the Americans had was Tom Paine”s Common Sense.The Bristish had no one that we know of from home who was radically writing about their mission and goal in fighting against the colonists. Common Sense brought confidence and unity to these undecisive colonists before the war, and it also was an extra push in the direction of being sure independence was what they really wanted to fight for.The Americans, it seems, even though they were the under-prepared bunch and weren”t as fortunate in having as much training as the British soldiers, they were the ones who had more spirit and they were the ones who really had nothing to lose.That statement isn”t true entirely because a lot of men lost their lives, but these “united states” weren”t a huge super-power like Britain. They didn”t have other colonies and didn”t have a lot of money. So the British had some to lose in losing America in the sense of their land and the colonists, but another thing they had to lose was their pride. If they just gave up and said, “Ok, you guys can go ahead and leave our country and start your own,” they would have looked weak and set a bad example for themselves.I think another thing that led to why the colonists won the war was that they didn”t have all the luxuries that Britain had. They weren”t “tainted” like the British and weren”t used to having a lot and being comfortable. Instead they used what they had and gave 100% w/o knowing what it would have been like to have more (more being nice uniforms and organization.)

September 13, 2007 at 6:38 PM

evan smithsaid…

I completely agree that the patriots had full leverage when it came to home court advantage. George Washington knew the terrain and landscape of North America better than anyone else out there. He was also very smart and strategic when it came to fighting the british soldiers. He used guerrilla warfare against the british standing army which caught them completely off guard and was very successful. He also led the British soldiers inland away from the coast where reinforcements, aid, supplies, and the British royal navy stood guard. Another key factor was the fact that George Washington fought the british during the brutal winters which they were not accustomed to. The battle of Trenton which took place on christmas eve and day completely through off the british army and was a key victory to turning the spirits of the patriot troops and giving them life once again in this battle. Washington would also cut down trees and make life very difficult for the british army to attack and find their way around the dense terrain. The british spent more time making path ways and using up all their supplies then actual battle against the patriot troops.

September 14, 2007 at 1:55 PM

lauren hoppersaid…

Home court advantage helped the colonies in many good ways. George Washington thought of the best way to come at the British with, guerilla warfare.The British of course thought that this was completely not fair but it worked for the colonies. George Washington also new the land inside and out. He pulled the Britians inland and cut down trees to make the land wide and open; making it hard for the British because they didnt know which direction they were being attacked at.

September 15, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Jake Winterssaid…

The title sums it up. The discussion group on Thursday where we talked about Americans winning the war by luck/skill helped a lot. Through guerrila warfare and a great bit of luck our great country was founded.

September 16, 2007 at 12:27 AM

I agree with your statement about home court advantage. I believe it had a huge impact on the outcome of the war. It was an advantage to the Patriots and it really hurt the British troops, like the example from the battle of Saratoga where it took the British army a month to travel 23 miles.

September 16, 2007 at 10:25 AM
Brett Garciasaid…

I agree that the patriots had a large advantage over the British army. By luring them away from the ports, the British became more unfamiliar with the land, and were not aware that carrying unnecessary supplies was a terrible idea. Also caring for Animals during the winter was very difficult as well. Even though the Britains were better trained, the patriots had more heart, and also more to fight for.

September 16, 2007 at 2:56 PM
Whitney Beaversaid…

This was a great post. I do believe Britain was on this “superiority” kick and thought the fight again the colonies was going to be a big mismatch. The fact that the fighting did take place on the Patriot”s land was a huge motivation. The post says it well – they were fighting for their land, their homes and their freedom. While there was definitely luck going into the equation, I definitely agree that the “home court advantage” played a part in the Revolution”s outcome

September 16, 2007 at 4:05 PM

I agree with this post that the patriots did have an edge on the British army by knowing there land. And how they lured them from there ports and to make them feel lost was very skillful on there part. The use of the new fighting technique, guerrilla warfare developed a new tactic throughout history.

September 16, 2007 at 6:58 PM
Casey Lytlesaid…

Everyone knows that home court advantage is one of the biggest keys for an underdog to pull of the cinderella story. in this instance, it is not a football or basketball game but Patriots fighting for their freedom against the power house Britian. The brits were away from home and some of the soldiers probably had no idea what they were fighting over. another advantage to home court is that the Americans know the land better. they tried to keep the Brits away from the sea so they cant receive supplies but once they were in the back country then they were in trouble

September 16, 2007 at 7:23 PM

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Ah, the patriots. Men of honor; men of respect; and men of courage. Ask yourself, can I put down my name, my death warrant, to ensure that the liberties and freedom that I had grown up, will be their for my children and their children”s children. Every man who did this signed their life away, and they fought like they did. To lose is just not to sign an agreement that they would stop fighting, but to hang like traitors in the cold British wind back in the mother country. They fought for their belief”s. What a type of people our forefathers were.

September 16, 2007 at 7:44 PM

I agree it was hard for the patriots to declare their loyalty to either the crown or to the patriots. I”m sure it was stressful for some. I feel it was important that the patriots were encouraging everyone to become more active with the decissions concerning there futures. I also agree that fighting in America boosted the moral of the American soldiers.

September 16, 2007 at 8:27 PM
Vineeth Hsaid…

Home court advantage was definitely an important factor in the colonist”s win. I also agree that there is nothing that rivals folks being inspired. The colonists were fighting FOR something while the British soldiers were fighting to protect a land that for most, was not even their own. Thomas Paine”s Common Sense and American Crisis as well as George Washington were able to rouse emotions in the colonists so that they would fight like hell for their freedom from the British.

September 16, 2007 at 8:32 PM
Kim Hsaid…

The one thing that I would add on to what you already said, is that the military leaders that actually won the battles were also a major reason why the Americans were able to conquer the British. The battle of trenton was a great example when everyone else thought that George Washington”s army was pretty much done for they turned around and conquered the British troops who drastically outnumbered them. And then there”s also General Horatio Gates who was resposible for slowing down Bugoyne”s troops thus making them weaker for an attack later on. so many different military leaders made huge impacts on this war, if it weren”t for them and there hard work and their “war smarts” it wouldn”t have been possible for the Americans to win.

September 16, 2007 at 8:55 PM
Max Maiersaid…

The truth is that a lot of what america had going for it in their revolution was luck.. but a few smart people can change a lot of things and with Thomas Paine who for sure was a master at propaganda and getting people to believe the illogical the and the Continental Congress backing up what little military they had the very history of our country takes shape.

September 16, 2007 at 9:27 PM
Colby H.said…

Luck or Skill helped out a lot during the duscussion. i think now that the “home court” advantage helped the colonists out a lot during the war. guerilla warfare and “retreating” farther inland made the british army tired and being farther away from the coast meant it took longer for them to get supplies.

September 16, 2007 at 9:45 PM
alicia rosesaid…

I agree that their definitely was a home court advantage. The Americans had several disadvantages against the British army including their major lack of training and people. I believe that the main reason the Americans won the war is because they were fighting for their freedom and for their land. The British did not have their whole hearts into the war like the Americans did and they were not nearly as determined as the Americans.

September 16, 2007 at 9:48 PM
Brian McGrathsaid…

Home court advantage definatly played a big factor in this war. The luck/skill discussion we had during our discussion on thursday really helped me out personally. The british did not know what to do when they saw americans hiding behind bushes, and trees, guerrila warfare played a big part for the americans.

September 17, 2007 at 7:09 PM

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I agree that the “home court” advantage played a big role in the Americans winning the war. They were familiar with the land and the weather. It was easier for them to get the supplies needed and they had knowledge about the terrain that the British didn”t. The fact that they were fighting for their freedom was probably a big motivator for the troops to win as well. They were fighting for something important to them and were not going to give up easily.


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