Revolution to Constitution By mda326 Apr 19, 1775 Lexington and Concord Battles of Lexington and Concord This was the first battle of the American Revolution. Follow this link to learn more. Jun 15, 1775 George Washington Named Commander and Chief George Washington was named Commander and Chief of the American army. Jul 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence On this day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was actually voted on two days earlier. Nov 15, 1777 Articles of Confederation Adopted The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Second Continental Congress as the first governing document of the United States. Mar 1, 1781 Articles of Confederation Ratified This is the date that the Articles were actually ratified by the states. Oct 19, 1781 General Cornwallis Surrenders Cornwallis surrendered 7000 troops in Yorktown. Sep 3, 1783 Treaty of Paris The United States and Great Britain signed the <a href="http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1357064/Treaty-of-Paris>Treaty of Paris</a> Nov 25, 1783 The last British Troops Leave The last of the British troops leave New York, and Washington rides in victorious. Sep 17, 1787 United States Constitution Signed The Constitution of The United States of America was written to replace the Articles of Confederation. It is the oldest written national consitution in use. Jun 21, 1788 United States Constitution Ratified The Constitution of the United States is officially ratified when New Hampshire signed it on this day.