Philip Schuyler was a descendant of Dutch ancestry in the Colony of New York. Prior to the Revolution, he served with the British as a major in the Provincial Army. Elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, he left to accept an appointment of Major General in the Continental Army. In command of the Northern Department and 4,000 troops, he planned for an invasion of Canada and the defense against the Saratoga Campaign. Philip Schuyler was replaced by Horatio Gates when Fort Ticonderoga was overrun. He resigned from the army and expanded his estate that encompassed tens of thousands of acres, worked by slaves and tenant farmers; including a flax mill and lumber operations. After the war, he was elected the first U.S. Senator from New York.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Philip Schuyler history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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