American Revolution By csgeorge Sep 5, 1774 first continental congress The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. Period: Apr 18, 1775 to Sep 3, 1783 rev.war the war lasted 8 years Apr 19, 1775 battle of concord british were searching for patriot weapons Apr 19, 1775 battle of lexington british won May 10, 1775 second continental congress Jun 17, 1775 battle of bunker hill 2,400 British troops against 1,500 Americans. Jul 8, 1775 olive branch petition approved by continental congress Feb 14, 1776 common sense blog "As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question." Jul 4, 1776 approving of declaration of independenc The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Oct 17, 1777 battle of saratoga The Americans forced the surrender of Burgoyne’s force. Dec 19, 1777 george washington spends winter at valley forge The series of events that led to the American Army spending the Winter at Valley Forge began in August 1777. Period: Sep 19, 1781 to Sep 28, 1781 battle of yorktown General Washington commanded the Americans, Lieutenant General de Rochambeau commanded the French and Major General Lord Cornwallis commanded the British.