However, despite these military and monetary advantages, the British were a lot weaker than they appeared to be. Closer to home was the threat of the Irish, which required troops to keep watch over, and the French, who were waiting for a chance to strike. Government officials were often corrupted and tyrannical, selfish men who did more harm than good. Socially, Britain was no better off. Many British soldiers did not have the morale to travel such a great distance to kill their own cousins. Once they got there, they would have to face cruel officers, unknown territory, and lack of a steady stream of supplies.
The colonists had their own difficulties as well. Manufactured goods were scarce, so shoes and clothes were often ragged or nonexistent. This would prove to be a problem later on, as the bitter cold winters approached. The small, untrained military force