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Thumbs up Timeline of the American Revolutionary War

Events leading up to the War

  • The French and Indian War (1754-63)
  • The Sugar Act (4/5/1764)
  • The Stamp Act (3/22/1765)
  • Patrick Henry's "If This Be Treason" speech (5/29/1765)
  • The Stamp Act Congress (10/7-25/1765)
  • Townshend Act (6/29/1767)
  • Disturbances in Boston
  • The Boston Massacre (3/5/1770)
  • The Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773)
  • Boston Port Act (part of the Intolerable Acts) (3/31/1774)
  • Administration of Justice Act (part of the Intolerable Acts) (5/20/1774)
  • Massachusetts Government Act (part of the Intolerable Acts) (5/20/1774)
  • Quartering Act of 1774 (part of the Intolerable Acts) (6/2/1774)
  • Quebec Act (part of the Intolerable Acts) (6/22/1774)
  • The First Continental Congress (Philadelphia, 9/5-10/26/1774)
  • Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia (officially recognized by the U.S. Congress in 1908 as the first battle of the American Revolution) (10/10/1774)


1775: The War Begins

  • 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)
  • 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: The Year of Independence

  • 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 defence 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: The War for the North

  • 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)
  • 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: Valley Forge and the French Alliance

  • The French Alliance (2/6)
  • British General William Howe replaced by Henry Clinton (3/7)
  • Van 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: The War Spreads

  • Militia beat Tories at Kettle Creek, GA (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


1780: The Campaign for the South

  • British capture Charleston, SC (5/12)
  • British crush Americans at Waxhaw Creek, SC (5/29)
  • Patriots rout Tories at Ramseur's Mill, NC (6/20)
  • French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause (7/11)
  • Patriots defeat Tories at Hanging Rock, SC (8/6)
  • British rout Americans at Camden, SC (8/16)
  • Benedict Arnold's plans to cede West Point to the British discovered (9/25)
  • King's Mountain, SC: battle lasted 65 minutes. American troops led by Isaac Shelby and John Sevier defeated Maj. Patrick Ferguson and one-third of General Cornwallis' army. (10/7)
  • Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army (10/14)


1781: All But Done

  • Mutiny of unpaid Pennsylvania soldiers (1/1)
  • Patriot Morgan overwhelming defeated British Col. Tarleton at Cowpens, SC (1/17)
  • The Battle of Cowan's Ford, Huntersville, NC (2/1)
  • Articles of Confederation adopted (3/2)
  • British win costly victory at Guilford Courthouse, NC (3/15)
  • Greene defeated at Hobkirk's Hill, SC (4/25)
  • Corwallis clashed with Greene at Guilford Courthouse, NC (5/15)
  • Americans recapture Augusta, GA (6/6)
  • British hold off Americans at Ninety Six, SC (6/18)
  • "Mad" Anthony Wayne repulsed at Green Springs Farm, VA (7/6)
  • Greene defeated at Eutaw Springs, SC (9/8)
  • French fleet drove British naval force from Chesapeake Bay (9/15)
  • Cornwallis surrounded on land and sea by Americans and French and surrenders at Yorktown, VA (10/19)


1782 and Beyond

  • Lord North resigned as British Prime Minister (3/20/82)
  • British evacuated Savannah, GA (7/11/82)
  • British sign Articles of Peace (11/30/82)
  • British leave Charleston, SC (12/14/82)
  • Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty (4/19/83)
  • Treaty of Paris (9/3/83)
  • British troops leave New York (11/25/83)
  • Washington Resigns as Commander (12/23/83)
  • U.S. Constitution ratified (9/17/87)
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