War for Independence, 1775-1778

By matth
  • The Battle at Lexington

    The Battle at Lexington
    This battle occured after the British learned of a stock of American weapons in Concord which the British thought should be taken, Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, and William Dawes traveled to warn the minutemen about how the British were on their way. When the British arrived in Lexington, Americans were told to drop their weapons and most obeyed until one shot was fired. No one knows who shot first, but eight were killed and ten were left injured after the battle.
  • The Battle at Concord

    The Battle at Concord
    After leaving Lexington, the British continued towards Concord and the weapons that were stored there. The British were able to destroy some of the weapons, but a reasonable amount remained. With the aid of additional militias, Americans were able to attack and head off the British at the Old North Bridge. This event forced the British to evacuate back too Boston.
  • The Siege of Boston

    The Siege of Boston
    After the Battles at Lexington and Concord, approximately twenty thousand American troops set up a naval blockade around Boston against the British. The British were very outnumbered and were unable to crush this rebellion. Americans took adavantage of the situation, heading to Vermont to gather some much needed British military supplies knowing that the main British force was stuck in Boston.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The British launced an attack to take the strategic Colonial lands of Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill. The British made multiple attempts to take the land, losing nearly half of their men. Their third try was successful and the colonists were forced to retreat from the area.
  • The Battle at Quebec

    The Battle at Quebec
    Montegomery and his troops traveled up to Quebec with hopes of gaining the Canadians to fight with them, not against them. When the Americans attacked, they were counter attacked by the British and other Canadian forces. The attack ended with 500 Americans killed and many others captured.
  • The Battle of Long Island

    The Battle of Long Island
    Washington prepared for and expected a battle at New York because the British left Boston and would be heading in that direction. He wanted to protect Congress and to keep the British out of the area. Unfortunately, the Americans were not successful because the British back-up proved too strong for the continental army.
  • The Battle of Trenton

    The Battle of Trenton
    On Christmas night, George Washington crossed the Deleware River with 2,400 soldiers. The next morning, they suprised Hessains wo were stationed in Trenton. They attacked them and captured almost all of the Hessains. Their attack was a success.
  • The Battle of Princeton

    The Battle of Princeton
    Washington launched an attack similar to Trenton on the town of Princeton. With the cover of darkness the troops set off, tricking the Tories by leaving fires burning at the camp. When Washington arrived, he was met by a British attack but he and his men were able to take the town.
  • The Battle at Fort Ticonderoga

    The Battle at Fort Ticonderoga
    Ethan Allen lead his troops to Fort Ticonderoga where he not only suprised them, but took the fort over as well. The Americans attcked with a goal of recieving more weapons, which they won. Those additional weapns would be used to get General Gage and the British troops out of Boston.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga consisted of multiple events around Saratoga, New York. The most important event was when General Horatio Gates lead his troops to attack Burgoyne's forces. The Americans surrounded Burgoyne's forces where he surrendered his army. This event was important because it showed America's strength.