The major battle and events of the revoutionary war

The following events represent the major events and battles of the Revolutionary War. From the Battle of Concord and Lexington in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781 all the major events are covered. Click on an event to learn more about it

The Event and Battles

 

 

Paul Revere

It all started with the most famous ride in American History

1775

Lexington and Concord

It was the shot heard round the world. When the colonist fired on the British at Concord Bridge everying changed

1764

Americans Capture Ticonderoga

The first offensive operation of the colonist was a success.

1775

Bunker Hill

The British one the battle, but it was an extremelhy costly win, one that could not be sustained

1775

British Reaction

The British were shocked by events in the colonies. They had never believed they would actual revolt

1775

Attack on Canada

The Americans attempted to accomplish more then they could when they tried to conquer Canada

1775

US Navy Created

The US Navy was created by an act of the Continental Congress

1776

Common Sense Published

It was merely a pamphlet but it convinced Americans that Independence was the way to go

1776

Siege of Boston

The Colonist surronded Boston which was occupied by the British. Eventually the British position became untenable

1776

Declaration of Independence

It took a lot of courage to sign the declaration, for all of the signers were not traitors to the British

1776

Battle of New York

The same day the Colonist declared their independence the British began a campaign that captured New York

1776

Battle of Valcour Bay

The British began an offensive in the North it would end at Saratoga

1776

Retreat Through NJ

After losing New York and then the Battle of White Plains, Washington was forced to withdraw down New Jersey

1776

Battle of Trenton

The Americans turned the tables on the British and in a surprise attack captured Trenson

1777

Battle of Princeton

The Americans won another victory in Princeton, after the earlier string of losses this was another good day for the colonists

1777

British Recapture Ft Ticonderoga

The British had a victory when they recaptured Ft Ticonderoga

1777

Battle of Brandywine

The British were victorious at this battle on the road to Phildadelphia

1777

Battle of Germantown

The Americans failed to dislodge the British in this battle outside Philadelphia

1765

Battle of Orinsky

The Americans were ambushed at this battle, they managed to extract themselves from the ambush

1777

Massacre of Jane McCrea

The execution of Jane McCrea caused an outcry in the colonies and helped unite them

1777

Battle of Bennington

The American won and important battle in Bennington.

1777

Battle of Saratoga

It was one of the most important victories of the war. The Americans defeated a British army which was forced to surrender

1777-78

Valley Forge

It was the longest winter of the war for the Americans. It was a cold winter, and the troops suffered.

1778

Treaty of Amity With France

A key to the eventual American victory was the treaty that was signed with the French

1778

Battle of Monmouth

American troops attacked the retreating British troops. It was difficult battle but the Americans won.

1778

Settlers Killed at Wyoming

Tories and Native Americans attacked the Wyoming Valley and killed many of the settlers

1779

Americans Capture Stony Point

Americans recaptured Stony Point, it was an important but small victory

1779

John Paul Jones and the Bon Homme Richard

The US Navy could never take on the British navy head to head, so it achieved victory were they could

1779-1780

Siege of Charleston

After not succeeding to achieve a decisive victory in the North it decided on a Southern strategy and captured Charleson

Battle of Camden

It was a major defeat for the AmericanArmy. The British forced them to retreat in disarray

1780

Arnold a Traitor

He became the most hated traitor in American history, and American general who sold out to the British

1780

Kings Mountain

It was the first in a series of American victories on the Southern front

1780

Battle of Cowpens

The second victory in a row in the South began to set the stage of the end of the war

1780

Battle of Guilford Courhouse

The Americans won another victory when the British suffered losses to high to bear at this battle

1781

Battle of Hobkirk's Hill

The British won a tactical victory at this battle. It failed however, to stem the momentum that was running with the Americans

1781

Battle of Eutaw Springs

Another tactical victory but strategic defeat for the British. Their forces in the South were too weak to sustain the battle

1781

Articles of Confederation Ratified

It was the first system of government for the colonies, now states, it was replaced by the Constitution

1781

Battle of Yorktown

The Americans wtih French help won a decisive victory that ended the war

Treaty of Paris

The war came officially to an end thanks to this agreement negotiated in Paris