Revolutionary War – Defending the Colonies against attack by the French and others had cost the British a great deal of money. As a result, the British had very high taxes in their country. They thus decided to shift some of their financial burden to the colonists. The Stamp Act of 1765, which taxed all legal documents, newspapers and other documents, was met with a great uproar in the Colonies.
In 1766, this tax was repealed, but it was just the beginning of the problems between the colonists and the British. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was an act of revolt against the British and their tax on tea in the Colonies.
- July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence. The Colonies become the United States of America
- August 27, 1776 Battle of Long Island. Many Patriot prisoners taken by the British.
- December 25 to January 3, 1776-77 Crossing of the Delaware and Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Brilliant American Victories.
- October 19, 1781 General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, VA
Dillmans seem to have a strong German Heritage. For this reason we should not overlook the Hessian Soldier. German Soldiers were hired by the King of England to fight on the
side of the English in the Revolutionary War from 1776-1784. He paid a rental fee for them to fight and paid a price for each one wounded or killed. Many Hessian Soldiers deserted the British Army and began to fight with the Patriots, remaining in America after the war.
- Named campaigns (dead link, let us know if you find it!)
- Registry for Descendants of Hessian Troops
- Hessian Troops
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Daughters of the American Revolution
War of 1812
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from June 1812 to the spring of 1815, although the peace treaty ending the war was signed in Europe in December 1814. The main land fighting of the war occurred along the Canadian border, in the Chesapeake Bay region, and along the Gulf of Mexico; extensive action also took place at sea.
From the end of the American Revolution in 1783, the United States had been irritated by the failure of the British to withdraw from American territory along the Great Lakes; their backing of the Indians on America’s frontiers; and their unwillingness to sign commercial agreements favorable to the United States.
American resentment grew during the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), in which Britain and France were the main combatants.
- Soldiers and Links of 1812 (dead link, let us know if you find it!)
- Illinois 1812 Soldiers
- Ohio 1812 Soldiers
- Missouri 1812 Soldiers
- New York 1812 Soldiers
In 1861 we became a country divided. States fought against states, brother fought against brother.