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American Revolutionary War Timelines and Illustrations- Page 1

1775
  • The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes (4/18)
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord (4/19)
  • Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Seize Fort Ticonderoga (5/10)
  • The Second Continental Congress (met in Philadelphia, 5/10)
  • George Washington named Commander in Chief (6/15)
  • Battle of Bunker Hill (fought on Breed's Hill) (6/17)
  • Montgomery captures Montreal for Americans (11/13)
  • Benedict Arnold's failed attack on Quebec (12/30)

1776
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" published (1/15)
  • Patriot triumph at Moore's Creek, NC (2/27)
  • Continental fleet captures New Providence Island in the Bahamas (3/3)
  • The British evacuate Boston (3/17)
  • Richard Henry Lee proposes Independence (6/7)
  • British defense of Fort Moultrie, SC (6/28)
  • Declaration of Independence adopted (7/4)
  • Declaration of Independence signed (8/2)
  • Arrival of 30,000 British troops in New York harbor
  • British win the Battle of Long Island (Battle of Brooklyn) (8/27-30)
  • British occupy New York City (9/15)
  • British win the Battle of Harlem Heights (9/16)
  • Benedict Arnold defeated at Lake Champlain (10/11)
  • American retreat at the Battle of White Plains (10/28)
  • British capture Fort Washington, NY and Fort Lee, NJ (11/16)
  • Washington Crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton (12/26)

1777
  • Washington wins the Battle of Princeton (1/3)
  • Washington winters in Morristown, NJ (1/6-5/28)
  • Flag Resolution (flag possibly designed by Hopkinson, likely sewn by Betsy Ross) (6/14)
  • St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British (7/5)
  • Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia (7/27)
  • Americans under Herkimer defeat the British under St. Leger at Fort Stanwix, in the Mohawk Valley in Oriskany, New York (8/6)
  • American Militia under General Stark triumph over Hessians at Bennington (8/16)
  • British General Howe lands at Head of Elk, Maryland (8/25)
  • British success at the Battle of Brandywine, PA (9/11)
  • Rain-out at the Battle of the Clouds, PA (9/16)
  • General Burgoyne checked by Americans under Gates at Freeman's Farm, NY (9/19)
  • Paoli Massacre, PA (9/21)
  • British under Howe occupy Philadelphia (9/26)
  • Americans driven off at the Battle of Germantown (10/4)
  • Burgoyne loses second battle of Freeman's Farm, NY (at Bemis Heights) (10/7)
  • Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY (10/17)
  • Hessian attack on Fort Mercer, NJ repulsed (10/22)
  • British capture Fort Mifflin, PA (11/16)
  • Americans repulse British at Whitemarsh, PA (12/5-7)
  • The Winter at Valley Forge, PA (12/19/77-6/19/78)

1778
  • The French Alliance (2/6)
  • British General William Howe replaced by Henry Clinton (3/7)
  • Von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge
  • Battle of Barren Hill, PA (5/20)
  • Washington fights to a draw at Battle of Monmouth (6/28)
  • George Rogers Clark captured Kaskaskia, a French village near Detroit (7/4)
  • French and American forces besiege Newport, RI (8/8)
  • British occupy Savannah, GA (12/29)

1779
  • Militia beat Tories at Kettle Creek, NC (2/14)
  • American George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes on the Wabash in the Western campaign (2/25)
  • Fairfield, CT, burned by British (7/8)
  • Norwalk, CT, burned by British (7/11)
  • American "Mad" Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, NY (7/15-16)
  • "Light Horse" Harry Lee attacks Paulus Hook, NJ (8/19)
  • John Paul Jones, aboard the Bonhomme Richard, captures British man-of-war Serapis near English coast (9/23)
  • The Tappan Massacre ("No Flint" Grey kills 30 Americans by bayonet) (9/28)
  • American attempt to recapture Savannah, GA fails (10/9)
  • Coldest Winter of the war, Washington at Morristown, NJ




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