American Independence Day

Today Americans celebrate the anniversary of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.  There are twelve memorials on our database commemorating the American revolutionary wars, including the American War of Independence and the later War of 1812.

Click to see all memorials to the American Revolution

Two constrasting memorials show different sides of this conflict.

A memorial tablet in a church in Beverley, Humberside, commemorates Brigadier General Oliver De Lancey, a wealthy native of the colony of New York’ who raised three regiments to fight against the American revolutionaries. When the war ended he and his family sought asylum in Beverley, where he died later the same year, aged 69.

A modern memorial plaque, erected in 1997, commemorates over 1,500 American prisoners who were held in Mill Gaol, Plymouth during the war.  The plaque was erected by a US organisation called the Sons of the American Revolution which, among other activities, mark the locations of revolutionary events and soldiers.

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