This is the day that we Americans celebrate every year, the day that we officially broke off from england. The leader of the S.C.C., John Hancock, has the largest signature on the DOI because he wanted to be able to see his signature without wearing his glasses.
Place: On the Charlestown Peninsula on the North side of Boston Harbour.
Combatants: British troops of the Boston garrison against troops of the American Continental Army.
Generals: Major General Howe against General Artemas Ward and General Israel Putnam
Size of the armies: 2,400 British troops against 1,500 Americans.
The British grenadiers, light infantry and battalion company men wore red coats, the headgear of the companies, bearskin fronted mitre caps, tricorne hats and caps, and were armed with muskets and bayonets. The British had light guns and were supported by the heavy guns of the fleet. The Americans were armed with muskets or whatever firearms they could obtain, a few bayonets and some light guns.