Major Battles of the American Revolution 1775-1778

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  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Thomas Gage orderd British troops to sieze all arms and other millitary supplies in concord. However, on their way through Lexington, American malitiamen ambushed the British force. Since the British outnumbered this group and the colonists had to retreat to the Old North Bridge. Here, the Colonists mangaed to ambush the British again and this time, they inflicyed heavy damage and forced the enemy to retreat.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    A force of 10,000 American malitia Put British held Boston under siege. General Gage ordered an asualt on Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill which was where the Malitia headquarters was located. However, the British outnumbered them greatly and on the third assualt managed to take it. But the British suffered heavy losses and withdrew to Halifax ,Nova scotia
  • Capture of Montreal

    General Richard Montgomery marched northward from Fort Ticonderoga towards Montreal. The city fell with hardly any resistance and the force continued marching Quebec which was the capital.
    The continental Congress believed that by invading canada and riding them of the british, that this would spark a rebelion their as well.
  • Assualt on Quebec

    Two American forces decided to attack Quebec. One force lead by General Montgomery, and the other by General Arnold. General Arnold's force arrived first in November, and because they had no supplies, they tried to attack. The British didn't surrenderi so he decided to wait for Montgomery's force, who arrived in early December. The attack didn't go well because there was a snowstorm which made the American's muskets useless. Montgomery had been killed and Arnold had been wounded.
  • British Fleet Arrives in New York

    The British had abandoned Boston in March 1776, and decided to focus on New York. This massive force appeared on Satan island off the coast of New York. General Howe and his army would uses this island as their headquarters.
  • Declaration of Independance is Signed

    In Philadelphia, representatives from the colonies signed the Declaration of Independance. This not only seperated the colonies from Britain, but officially made them their own country called the United states of America.
  • Battle of Long Island

    The British attacked Israel Putnam and his troops on Long island.
    General Washington pulled back to Manhatten to prepare for an expected attack. The british troops soon defeated Putnam and marched to Manhatten. Recognizing, the British force was to strong, the colonists retreated.
  • Battle of White Plains

    After abandoning Manhatten, Washington and his troops defended White plains. This stand did not go well and they were forced to retreat again. However, General Howe did not pursue the colonists and decided to set up artillery batteries. If he had pursued Washington, then the entire Continental Army could have been destroyed.
  • Battle of Trenton

    On Christmas day, Washington surprise attacked three regiments of Hession mercenaries. The Continental Army won with very few losses and they retreated back to Pennsylvania, bringing the prisoners and their supplies with them.
  • Battle of Princeton

    Washington attacked the Briish in new Jersey and alluding a large British force in Trenton, won. They drove the British from much of southern New Jersey and also raised moral among the troops. This cuased around 8000 new recruits to join the Continental Army.
  • Conduct of the enemy

    this was a report given to the continental congress on the enimies actions during the war.
  • Battle of Ticonderoga

    The British set up cannons on the nearby hill of Sugar Loaf. From here they reigned a godly firestorm down upon them, However, General Arthur St. Clair evacuated all troops from the fort before any real damage started.
  • Siege of fort stanwix

    General Barry St. Leger destroyed 800 malitia men on his way to this fort. He then proceeded to put Fort Stanwix under siege. However, most of his troops were indians and since they are unacustomed to sitting around during a siege, deserted. Also, General Benedict Arnold spread a rumor that a huge force of malitia were coming to attack the British and St Leger retreated.
  • Battle of Brandywine

    General Howe sailed up the Chesapeake Bay and unloaded close to Philadalphia,the American capital. However, washington set up defences at Chadds Ford. This was not very effective becuase the British flanked them and forced washington to retreat. Howe then proceeded to take the capital with virtually no resistance.
  • battle of Saratoga.

    General Howe crossed the Hudson River and attacked General Horatio Gates men stationed there. the first charge was unconclusive and Howe pulled back, digging in. Three weeks later Howe attacked again but was pressed back again but this time it was followed by a viciuose American counter attack. Howe was forced to retreat back to the town of Saratoga and soon surrendered.
  • George Washington's letter

    General washington sent a letter to the continental Congress asking for much needed supplies. For some reason the Quarter Master General was not sending supplies.
  • Battle of Monmouth

    General Washington ambushed British forces who were pulling out of Philadelphia and marching to New York. This battle was the largest one in the war with more than 13000 troops on each side. However, The Americans lost a lot less troops then the British did. This was the last major battle of the Northern Theater.