Revolutionary War Veterans - Research Article from Americans at War

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Anti-Army Sentiment

The United States neglected its veterans because Americans were hostile toward regular armies. The lessons of history taught by Rome's Caesar and England's Cromwell were well known in Colonial America: generals used their armies to impose tyranny. Colonial experience with Britain also taught that regular armies were corrupt and dangerous because they were filled with mercenaries, men hired or forced into military service. Britain's soldiers were the dregs of society: uneducated, crude, and lawless, they preyed upon defenseless civilians.

Although British officers came from the upper classes, Americans viewed them as more dangerous than the British rank and file. Officers were notorious for their ambition and their willingness to use the army to extort payments and privileges from civilians and their governments. In King George's War (1744–1748) and the French and Indian War (1754–1763), British officers confirmed American hostility toward regular armies. They antagonized Colonial...

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