Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War

Paul Revere's ride

April 18, 1775

Fight at Lexington and Concord

April 19, 1775

o April 19: Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord.

1st Continental Congress

June 15, 1775

o June 15: The First Continental Congress names George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army.

Battle of Bunker Hill

June 17, 1775

o June 17: The British drive the Americans from Breed’s Hill in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Moore's Creek Bridge

Feb 27, 1776

o Feb. 27: The patriots defeat the Loyalists at Moore’s Creek Bridge.

Evacuation of Boston

March 17, 1776

o March 17: The British evacuate Boston

Declaration of Independence adoption

July 4, 1776

July 4: The Declaration of Independence is adopted.

Long Island defeat

August 27, 1776

o Aug. 27: The redcoats defeat the patriots on Long Island.

Brits in NYC

September 15, 1776

o Sept. 15: The British occupy New York City.

Crossing DE

December 25, 1776 - December 26, 1776

o Dec. 25-26: Washington mounts a surprise attack on Hessian troops at Trenton by crossing the Delaware.

Retire for winter

January 1777

o January: Washington and the British retire their troops for the winter to separate quarters.

Victory at Princeton

Jan 3, 1777

o Jan. 3: Washington gains a victory at Princeton.

Forced back at Oriskany

Aug. 6, 1777

The Loyalists and Indians force the patriots back at Orinskany, but then withdraw

Crushin' the Hessians

Aug. 16, 1777

The patriots crush the Hessians near Bennington

Burgoyne surrenders

Oct 17, 1777

...At Saratoga

Washington retires

Dec 19, 1777

... to winter quarters at Valley Forge

USA + France Alliance

Feb 6, 1778

Capture of Savannah

Dec 29, 1778

By the redcoats

Spain declares war on Britain

June 21, 1779

Rich captures the Brit Serapis

Sept 23, 1779

John Paul Jones' ship, the Bonhomme Richard, captures the British ship Serapis.

Charleston falls

May 12, 1780

... After a British siege

Americans defeated at Camden

Aug. 16, 1780

Defeated by the Brits (duh)

Damage on Brit's navy

Sept 5, 1781

By the French. On the Brit's navy. At the Chesapeake Bay.

Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown

Oct 19, 1781

Lord North resigns

March 20, 1782

Mr. North was King George's chief minister

Prelim peace treaty in Paris

Nov 30, 1782

The Americans and British sign a preliminary peace treaty (PPT) in Paris.

Congress ratifies PPT

April 15, 1783

PPT = Preliminary Peace Treaty. See above.

Final peace treaty

Sept 3, 1783

Signed in Paris by the US and Great Britain.