War for Independence (1775-1778)

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The British marched to Concord to seize the stockpile of weapons and supplies that Massachusetts' militias had gathered. Paul Revere rode to warn the militias and the British were met by
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    Siege of Boston

    The British seiged Boston.
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
    A small group of Bristish soldiers were manning Fort Ticoneroga in 1775 when Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys came across Lake Champlain from Vermont and surprised them. This was the American win. The supplies from the fort greatly helped the Patriots and the cannons there were later transported for Patriot use as well.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Americans occupied two strategic hills near Boston, Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill. The British Army under General Gage and General William Howe attacked Breed's Hill first but were turned back by 1,600 Patriots and their muskets. On their third advance up Breed's Hill the British were able to sucessfully capture it and the Patriots were forced to retreat. The British were able to over come Bunker Hill, which was weaker, more easily.
  • Battle of Long Island

    Battle of Long Island
    Washington positioned his troops in New York because he knew that the British would try to take it. The Americans suffered heavy casualties and Washington knew that they wouldn't be able to keep the British out. The British drove the Americans from New York.
  • Battle of White Plains

    Battle of White Plains
    During the Battle of White Plains, Washington and the Americans mostly retreated. It was fought in White Plains, New Jersey. The British intended to cut off Wahington's escape route. They were forced to retreat while being attacked mostly by Hessians.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    George Washington led his troops across the Deleware River on Christmas night. They broke the tradition of not fighting during the winter and surprised the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey in the early morning. The Americans capture almost all of the 1,400 Hessians, while there only five American casualties.
  • Battle of Princeton

    Battle of Princeton
    Just after the Battle of Trenton, Washington attacked Princeton. He left fires burning in camps so the Tories wouldn't become suspicious. His troops marched through the night to get to Princeton. In the morning, Cornwallis and the British saw the Americans and attacked but the Americans drove them back.
  • Germantown

    The Battle of Germantown took place in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Washington was trying to drive the British from the capital city of Philidelphia. Wahington and Greene came at the British form different directions. A major cause of American casualties was the British hiding in Chew House and fighting the americans from inside.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This was a series of American victories that took place around Saratoga, New York. The Americans, led by Horatio Gates, surrounded Burgoyne's forces and forced him to surrrender. This was a really big American victory and was a turning point for America in hte war. It boosted morale and convinced France to help America.
  • Monmoth Court House

    Monmoth Court House
    The British were evacuating Philadelphia because the French Navy had joined forces with the Patriots and were able to cut off the Delaware River. As the British were retreating, the Americans, under Lee, attacked their rear. However, there was British movement of the troops and Lee's plan was disrupted and the American's were left exposed. Washington took control from Lee and turned the battle around, proving he was a good commander and Americans could hold their own against the British.