American Revolution

  • The Beginning Of The War

    The Beginning Of The War
    In The Evening Paul Revere Learns Of The Plans Of The British To Go To Lexington And Concord To Capture Military Stores
    And Begins His Ride To Warn The Americans. Midnight That Night The British leave Boston under cover of darkness for Lexington and Concord.
  • Leaving Boston

    Leaving Boston
    Early That Morning Both Commanders Of Lexington And Concord Later Said They Had Given Specific Orders Not To Shoot Unless Fired Upon.
  • Americans In Action

    Americans In Action
    {Three Weeks After Lexington/Concord} Americans Took Fort Ticonderoga, New York and Crown Point, Benedict
    Arnold and Ethan Green were leaders. The Taking Of The Cannon From This Fort Was Instrumental In Giving The Americans Much Needed Firepower Particularly In The Later Chasing Of The British From Boston.
  • Bunker Hill

    Bunker Hill
    {Two months after Lexington/Concord} The rebels attempt to rid Boston of the English fails at Bunker Hill, near Boston, but at a great cost to the British, in terms of men lost. The English will occupy Boston until March, 1776. This is the battle
    where the command "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes." became famous. June 1775 the Congress established the Continental Army as well as a continental currency.
  • Luring Of The Independence Movement

    Luring Of The Independence Movement
    Congress still can't quite come to declare independence,
    but they appoint a commander-in-chief of their armed forces: George Washington. The appointment of George Washington was largely the idea of John Adams, and was as much as a way of "luring" the southern colonies into the independence movement, as it was out of respect for George Washington as a military leader.
  • Jail Time

    Jail Time
    Benjamin Franklin's son, William Franklin, governor of New Jersey, who is placed in jail for his refusal to back the rebel cause and his loyalty to the crown. And There Are Also Areas In The Unite States and also Family's That Are "broken-up" Because feelings of citizens about rebelling against the Crown.
  • Benedict's Attack

    Benedict's Attack
    Benedict Arnold's attack on Quebec fails, in a battle that could have gone either way, "if only" this or "if only" that. If the
    Americans had won this battle, Canada would have most likely become a part of the United States.
  • The Hessian's

    The Hessian's
    The English hire 29,000 German Hessian mercenaries.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine writes "Common Sense", a work that unites many Americans in the Revolutionary cause; gives it the
    Revolution a cohesive meaning.
  • Abandoning Boston

    Abandoning Boston
    British abandon Boston, thanks to General Knox bringing the English cannon obtained after the victory at
    Ticonderoga.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Finally, after a year of fighting the Continental Congress formally declare the independence of the colonies from Britain.
  • Copies Of Approved Declaration

    Copies Of Approved Declaration
    On the morning of July 5, copies were dispatched by members of Congress to various assemblies, conventions, and committees of safety as well as to the commanders of Continental troops. Also on July 5, a copy of the printed version of the approved Declaration was inserted into the "rough journal" of the Continental Congress for July 4. The text was followed by the words "Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest. Charles Thomson, Secretary."
  • Committee Of Five

    Committee Of Five
    Richard Henry Lee introduces resolution beginning: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Congress goes into recess for three weeks, turning the job of drafting the declaration to the "of drafting the declaration to the "Committee of Five".
  • Passing The Declaration Of Independence

    Passing The Declaration Of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is passed by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York abstaining. Congress spends much of
    the next two days making refinements and making plans for its distribution to citizens and to the soldiers in the field.
  • Getting Ready For War

    Getting Ready For War
    30,000 British troops arrive at New York. These troops will now lead to a series of defeats of the colonists in some of the
    darkest days of the war.
  • Long Island Battle

    Long Island Battle
    Americans defeated at Battle of Long Island.
  • Harlem Height's Battle

    Harlem Height's Battle
    Americans defeated at Battle of Harlem Heights.
  • Beneedict Gets Defeated

    Beneedict Gets Defeated
    Benedict Arnold was "technically" defeated at Lake Champlain in the Battle of Valcor Island, but he gives the
    rebe's valuable time by delaying the English march down the Hudson. The English being delayed decide to wait till the following year to follow-up their efforts to regain Fort Ticonderoga. The English, in the following year, will meet defeat at Saratoga.
  • Retreating

    Retreating
    The Americans retreat from White Plains
  • Capturing Fort Washington,NY

    Capturing Fort Washington,NY
    The Hessians capture Fort Washington, NY
  • Capturing Fort Lee

    Capturing Fort Lee
    Lord Cornwallis captures Fort Lee from Nathanael Greene
  • Capturing Trenton

    Capturing Trenton
    Washington crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton from Hessians
  • British Retreat

    British Retreat
    Benedict Arnold's troops force a British retreat at Ridgefield, Connecticut.
  • Losing Land

    Losing Land
    Treaty of DeWitt's Corner, SC: Cherokees lose most of their land east of the mountains.
  • Lafayette Come's

    Lafayette Come's
    Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia
  • General Howe lands

     General Howe lands
    British General Howe lands at Head of Elk, Maryland
  • Brandwine,Pennsylvania Battle

    Brandwine,Pennsylvania Battle
    The British win the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania
  • Battle of the Clouds

    Battle of the Clouds
    Rain-out at the Battle of the Clouds, Pennsylvania
  • Battle of Germantown

    Battle of Germantown
    Americans was driven off at the Battle of Germantown
  • Burgoyne surrenders

    Burgoyne surrenders
    Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY
  • Capturing Fort Mifflin

     Capturing Fort Mifflin
    British capture Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • Retired Army

    Retired Army
    Washington's army retires to winter quarters at Valley Forge
  • French Alliance

    French Alliance
    The United States and France sign the French Alliance
  • Spain declares

    Spain declares
    Spain declares war on Great Britain
  • The Tappan Massacre

    The Tappan Massacre
    The Tappan Massacre ("No Flint" Grey kills 30 Americans by bayonet)
  • British crushed Americans

    British crushed Americans
    British crush Americans at Waxhaw Creek, SC
  • Patriots defeat Tories

    Patriots defeat Tories
    Patriots defeat Tories at Hanging Rock, SC
  • Nathanael Greene becomes commander

    Nathanael Greene becomes commander
    Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army
  • The Battle of Cowan's Ford

    The Battle of Cowan's Ford
    The Battle of Cowan's Ford, Huntersville, NC
  • Articles of Peace

    Articles of Peace
    British and Americans sign preliminary Articles of Peace
  • British leave's

    British leave's
    British leave Charleston, SC
  • Peace Treaty Ratifies

    Peace Treaty Ratifies
    Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris
  • British troops leave

    British troops leave
    British troops leave New York City
  • Washington Resigns

    Washington Resigns
    Washington resigns as Commander