3 Facts About the American Revolutionary War You Didn’t Learn in School

The American Revolutionary War is one of the most important events in the history of the world and part of every school curriculum. However, despite history teachers covering the topic to a great extent, there are some things about the American Revolutionary War that you won’t learn in school. Check them out below.

Invisible Ink Was Used for Important Messages

In order to safely communicate, especially in regard to important messages, the Colonial Army used invisible ink developed by Founding Father John Jay’s brother James. The ink was only visible after the paper was covered with revealing chemicals or exposed to heat.

Many Americans Changed Allegiance on a Regular Basis

Common folks didn’t overwhelmingly support the American Revolutionary War. It is believed that the support to the Colonial Army was below 50% in the United Colonies, while many Americans changed allegiance on a regular basis, siding with the side that was winning at that particular moment.

British Surrender During the Siege of Yorktown Was Rejected Twice

After realizing they were defeated during the Siege of Yorktown, British troops led by Brigadier General Charles O’Hara decided to surrender. However, during the surrender ceremony, their surrender was rejected twice. O’Hara first offered his sword to French general Rochambeau, who rejected the act and pointed to George Washington. O’Hara then approached Washington but was also rejected. It was only after O’Hara offered his sword to Major General Benjamin Lincoln that the surrender was accepted. The Siege of Yorktown is considered the last significant battle of the American Revolutionary War. After that, the British government decided to start negotiating to end the conflict.

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