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Not Bob    12

According to 'wiki': Revolutionary War: All figures from the Revolutionary War are rounded estimates. Commonly cited casualty figures provided by the Department of Defense are 4,435 killed and 6,188 wounded, although the original government report that generated these numbers warned that the totals were incomplete and far too low. Nevertheless, the numbers are often repeated without this warning, such as on the United States Department of Veteran Affairs website. In 1974, historian Howard Peckham and a team of researchers came up with a total of 6,824 killed in action and 8,445 wounded. Because of incomplete records, Peckham estimated that this new total number of killed in action was still about 1,000 too low. Military historian John Shy subsequently estimated the total killed in action at 8,000, and argued that the number of wounded was probably far higher, about 25,000.[ The "other" deaths are primarily from disease, including prisoners who died on British prison ships.

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Timerover51    26

If you assume a ratio of about 2 to 3 wounded for every battle death, then the wounded number might be as high as 27,000 or so.  The number of deaths on the British Prison Ships at New York might well go into the thousands.  I will have to do some checking on that.

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Pieter    15

Just out of curiosity, why are the men having the tea party in the painting wearing skirts and are bare chested?

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Timerover51    26
16 hours ago, Pieter said:

Just out of curiosity, why are the men having the tea party in the painting wearing skirts and are bare chested?

There were dressed as Indians, but the painter has taken more than a bit of creative license with the attire and timing.  The Boston Tea Party took place at night, the the colonists using torches to light things up, not during the day as depicted.  Also, while the Iroquois Indians that the colonists would have been most familiar with did go bare-chested at times. they wore leggings made from deer hide or purchased cloth and a long shirt made from the same materials most of the time.  I strongly suspect that the participants in the Tea Party on the part of the colonists did not go bare chested.  They did, based on reports, paint their faces to make it harder for the British to identify them.  There probably would also have been blacks in the Party goers as well.  One of those killed in the Boston Massacre was Crispus Attucks, who according to most reports, was black.

 

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