New Hampshire during the Revolution
New Hampshire did not play a major role during the revolution besides supplying militia and the raid on Fort William and Mary in 1774, which is the only battle fought in New Hampshire before and during the war. One other important event would be that Paul Revere rode through New Hampshire on his way to warn the rest of the colonies.
(Fort William and Mary, Joe Copley)
The raid on Fort William and Mary was very important because it gave the American army much needed supply of gunpowder. Although this was not the start of the revolution for the colonies it can be seen as the start of the revolution for the colony of New Hampshire. The numbers of men were in the Americans favor by four hundred to six. There were only a few shots fired during the raid, but no one was injured or killed. Once the militia had possession of the 97 barrels of gunpowder, it was distributed to towns around New Hampshire. After the raid the militia surrounded the state house and Governor Wentworth and demanded information on possible reinforcements. Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to warn the town of an imminent attack by British Forces.
(Paul Revere’s Ride)
New Hampshire did not play a prominent role in the American Revolution besides giving supplies and forces to the American effort. The events of the raid on Fort William and Mary and a segment of Paul Revere’s ride were the only real events of importance before the Revolution.
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“Smithsonian.com.” Smithsonian Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2012. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Midday-Ride-of-Paul-Revere.html>.