formed the Green Mountain Boys to help Vermont
resist efforts by New York to nullify land
grants. He then led them in the capture of Fort
Ticonderoga, the first American victory of the
was one of the first commanders in the
Continental Army. During the Revolutionary War he
and his crews enjoyed multiple major successes
against the British Navy, even though they were
frequently out-gunned. In 1797 he was officially
commissioned as the first commanding officer in
the United States Navy.
was the designer of the "Turtle," the
first submersible vessel ever used in combat in
America. Although the vessel to carry out its
full mission, it did force the British Navy to
take notice and change some of its tactics.
did much to secure a large portion of the
"Old Northwest" for the United States
during the Revolutionary War, despite commanding
a rather small army of men.
Joseph Paul, Comte De Grasse
had already served in the French Navy for 25
years before being sent to help the American
Revolutionary cause. On September 5, 1781, his
fleet engaged a British fleet in the Chesapeake
Bay and successfully prevented the escape of
General Lord Charles Cornwallis from Yorktown.
served with great distinction in the battles of
Trenton, Brandwine and Monmouth, was with George
Washington at Valley Forge, and personally
directed the efforts to drive the British out of
both South Carolina and Georgia.
was one of the most successful American naval
captains during the war, and commanded the first
U.S. ship to fly the "Stars and
Stripes" and to receive a foreign salute.
"Light-Horse Harry" Lee
earned his nickname by conducting lightning raids
on British supply trains, as well as for his
excellent horse-riding skills.
gained distinction as a cavalry officer during
Poland's fight for freedom from Russian rule.
Convinced to help in America's fight for
independence, he trained and commanded a cavalry
unit known as the Pulaski Legion, the first
formal U.S. cavalry unit. He was killed during
the Battle of Savannah.
was a successful military commander during the
French and Indian War, but failed to have much
success as a general during the Revolutionary
Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau,
was a very distinguished French officer when he
brought an army of French troops across the
Atlantic to join the American Revolution. His
army was subsequently instrumental in the
Americans forcing British General Cornwallis to
surrender his army at Yorktown.
led the New Hampshire Militia against a German/British/Indian army at the Battle
of Bennington, and scored a decisive victory.
Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben
came to America in 1778 to help in the
Revolutionary cause and helped George Washington
transform a ragtag collection of troops into a
well-disciplined and well-trained army.
led armies at Quebec, Long Island, Trenton,
Princeton, Staten Island, Brandywine, and
Germantown. He is best known, however, for
leading a camapign against the Iroquois in New
York that ended their alliance with the British.
led the Green Mountain Boys at the Battle of
Bennington and against British supply lines all
the way to Lake Champlain, actions which
ultimately led to General John Burgoyne's
surrender at Yorktown.
commanded divisions at some of the most crucial
battles of the Revolutionary War, and then went
on to secure the Northwest Territory for white