American Revolution Timeline

  • Native Americans Take Sides

    Native Americans Take Sides
    Smallpox began to spread among American soldiers in Quebec in 1775. Then along the east coast of the colonies.
  • Defending the Frontier

    Defending the Frontier
    George Rogers Clark was sent by Virginia with a militia force to strike Britsh forts beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Clarks' forces easily captured two Mississippi River outposts, Kaskaskia and Cahokia.
  • Fighting Moves South

    Fighting Moves South
    The british turned tob the South in late 1778. Their aim was to capture some key cities, win over the local population, and thenmarch north, acquiring one state after another.
  • British Advance

    British Advance
    The British took the city of Savannah, Georgia. Wthin a month, they controled Georgia.
  • Defending the Frontier part 2

    Defending the Frontier part 2
    Clark and his men trudged across 200 miles, at times splashing through icy floodwaters up to their chests.
  • Smallpox reaches New Orleans

    Smallpox reaches New Orleans
    By 1779, smallpox reached New Orleans. Soon after, it spread to Native American groups all across North America. Smallpox deaths far outnumbered casualities during the American Revolution
  • Brighter Days

    Brighter Days
    Patriots fortunes began to improve. Some 900 frontier fighters defeated a lager force of British troops and Loyalist atop Kings Mountain in South Carolina
  • December 1780

    December 1780
    General Nathanael Greene took over command of the Continental army in the South. Greene split his arm in two. He led 1200 men into eastern South Carolina, leaving General Daniel Morgan with 800 men in the west.
  • Battle of Cowpens

    Battle of Cowpens
    Damiel Morgan won a clear victory at the Battle of Cowpens. He put a small militia force in front, telling men to fire three shots and then retreat. The British rushed foward, only to be met by charging cavalry and a line of skilled riflemen.
  • Washingtons Farewell

    Washingtons Farewell
    Washington and his ranking officers were reunited for one last meal together at Fraunces Tavern in New York City. In parting, each man, in turn, embraced Washington. One officer wrote, "Such a scene of sorrow and weeping I had never before witnessed."