Roles Virginians Played During the War • Patriots • Virginians who were patriots: • Thought the colonies should be able to run their own government. • Were part of the Continental Army or a militia group.
Roles Virginians Played During the War • Neutral • Colonists that were neutral: • Did not pick a side during the war. • Did not fight during the war.
Roles Virginians Played During the War • Loyalists • Colonists that were loyalists: • Thought that England should continue to run the colonies. • Fought for the British during the war.
Roles Virginians Played During the War • African Americans • Were divided on which side to choose during the war. • Slaves were promised freedom if they fought for the Patriots. • James Armistead Lafayette • Former slave that was a military spy for the Patriots.
Roles Virginians Played During the War • George Washington • Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. • Provided leadership for the colonies during the war.
Roles Virginians Played During the War • Patrick Henry • Spoke out against taxation without representation. • Famous for saying: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
Battle of Yorktown • The British surrendered to the colonists at Yorktown. • Surrender: To give up power during a conflict. • This battle was important because it ended the Revolutionary War and allowed the colonists to gain their independence.