When people talk about independence, I often laugh inside; “You damn fools,” We should be grateful to King George III and follow the rule of law. There is no benefit in chaos and disorder, and we will risk all our wealth, our livelihood, and even our life by disobeying the Great King.
Of course, Robert Chesney and his family were against the idea of the revolution and consider themselves to be loyalists. Robert Chesney’s son, Alexander Chesney was appointed as a Capitan of a loyalist militia. Also, one of their closest family friends was Col. John Philips, who later became the commanding officer of the Jackson’s Creek Loyalist Militia during the Revolutionary War. Chesney families were loyal to the king and usually interact with other loyalists, who had the same mindset as them. Loyalists were from all different classes of society. Of course, most of the British officers, government officials, and British soldiers were loyal to the Crown. There were also the majority of small farmers, shopkeepers, artisans, wealthy men, and many merchants who did not like changes, and therefore they were part of the loyalist. Everyone who works for the Crown or benefited directly like a British officer, or indirectly like merchants or businessmen, were on loyalist sides. Historian believed 1 quarter of the population of the colonies, about 500 thousand people, considered to be Loyalists.
There both loyalists and Patriots had their similarities, strengths, and weaknesses. First, we talk about who was on each side of the Revolutionary War. Both the Loyalist and Patriots were colonists, they just had different opinions about who should win the war. Most loyalists have been working for the King or benefited from the status quo remaining the same, while patriots tend to lead protests and boycotts to make changes happen. Both were harassed if they lived in the area dominated by the other side. Most Patriots had to fight for the American army, while only some Loyalists fought for the British Army, many were mercenaries who were paid to fight for the crown. Some of the Loyalists give up at the beginning of the war and return to Great Britain. The Patriots were led by the sons of liberty and the continental congress.
The British Army’s strength was with a very powerful Navy, a large army, and a lot of supplies. They British wealth allow them to hire the best mercenaries for the war, including the brutal Hessian mercenaries. The weakness of the British Army was the long distance from the British Kingdom to America, which causes the soldiers’ movement to be very slow. Also, most of the British Army was fighting for a paycheck, versus Patriots that were fighting for homes and families. The American Army had a home field advantage, they know the land and know how to get places fast. The American also had access to new soldiers, many people who were sick of British, joined the American Army. Also, the American Army had France as their ally. The Patriots’ weakness was not having a strong navy, most of the soldiers were not trained properly, and they had a shortage of supplies throughout the entire war. However, the biggest strength of the Patriots was George Washington. Washington may have lost some battles, but he was one of the few who was important to inspire his men and eventually win the war.
After the War, I, my families and many of the Loyalists left America for Great Britain or move to Canada. Some of the Loyalists, however, decide to stay in America and be part of a new nation.