American Revolution Timeline

  • Button Gwinett

    Button Gwinett
    Button Gwinnett was one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served in Georgia's colonial legislature, in the Second Continental Congress, and as president of Georgia's Revolutionary Council of Safety.
  • Nancy Hart

    Nancy Hart
    Days after a neighbor of Nancy Hart's was murdured five Tories stopped at Nancy's house and demanded that she cooked for them. Nancy is clever and brings out a jug of whiskey and offers it to the men. As they drink, she tells her daughters to go to the woods and sound the alarm for help. The Tories also didn't realize that she was taking their rifles as she served them. The third time she pulls a rifle, though, she is caught. When the men rush, she easily kills one then holds the rest off.
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    American Revolution Timeline

  • George Walton

    George Walton
    Walton was elected Secretary, and made President of the Council of Safety. In 1776 he was elected to the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. He spent many of the following years engaged in the defense of his state, and in a messy political battle with Button Gwinnett, another signer from Georgia. In 1778 Walton was commissioned a Colonel of the First Regiment of the Georgia Militia. Soon after, he was elected Governor of Georgia,
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    1689-1763) was the French and Indian War, which is the name given to the American theater of a massive conflict involving Austria, England, France, Great Britain, Prussia, and Sweden called the Seven Years War.
  • Procalmation of 1763

    Procalmation of 1763
    A few months after the Treaty of Paris is signed, the Proclamation of 1763 is issued. The Proclamation moved Georgia's southern boundary to the St. Marys River, and also forbade the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains. In the same year, the Indians gave up the lands between the Ogeechee and Savannah rivers.
  • Austin Dabney

    Austin Dabney
    Austin Dabney was born a slave and became a private in the Georgia militia and fought against the British during the Revolutionary War (1775-83). He was the only African American to be granted land by the state of Georgia in recognition of his bravery and service during the Revolution and one of the few to receive a federal military pension.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Parliament passes an act that taxes newspapers, legal documents, and licenses. This act led to the formation of a Stamp Act Congress who met in Boston, Massachusetts to speak against British taxes. Georgia didn't send a delegate to the meeting for their colonial assembly was not in session at the time. Even though Georgia wasn't present at the meeting, the citizens still burned an effigy of the stamp master in the streets of Savannah. in November, a group of Georgians met to oppose theStamp Act.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The acts passed became known as the Intolerable Acts for their harshness. Under one law, Britain closed the port of Boston until the citizens paid for the tea wasted from the Boston Tea Party. Another act stated that Massachusetts colonists could not have a town meeting without the agreement of their governor, who was commander of the British troops. Then, there was the Quartering Act. This act said that the citizens of all colonies had to house and feed British troops at their own expense.
  • Lyman Hall

    Lyman Hall
    Lyman Hall was born in Connecticut in 1724.He bought land in Georgia in 1760 and established a plantation there.He also secured election to the Continental Congress, where he was involved in provisioning food and medicine for the Revolutionary Armies.He was reelected to congress through 1780 but retired to his adopted state in 1777 because of state matters.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    When it was officially signed on August 2, 1776, the signatures included three names of Georgians; Lyman Hall, George Walton, and Button Gwinnett; however, it was a month before Georgians found out how their representatives had voted or even what the Declaration stated.The Declaration was also divided into three parts.
  • Battle of Kettle Creek

    Battle of Kettle Creek
    The Battle of Kettle Creek was fought during the American Revolution on this day in 1779. 600 loyalists from Georgia and the Carolinas were camped on the creek, which flows into the Little River in Wilkes County, Georgia’s backcountry in those days.
  • Siege of Savannah

    Siege of Savannah
    On September 16, 1779, the Siege of Savannah began during the American Revolution.Captured in December 1778, Georgia was the only colony the British re-conquered.The British held Savannah three more years, after the siege that began on September 16, 1779.
  • Elijah Clarke

    Elijah Clarke
    Elijah Clarke was born in North Carolina in 1742.When the British occupied Georgia, Clarke helped lead a guerilla warfare effort on the Georgia and South Carolina frontier. After the Revolution, he served in the Georgia state assembly, and continued fighting Indians on the frontier; he even illegally tried to set up an independent nation, called the Trans-Oconee Republic, on Creek lands.