• Lexington and Concord

    First armed conflict. Propaganda victory for the colonies. Casualties: Colonials—95; Redcoats—273.
  • Fort Ticonderoga

    Where:Lake Champlain
    Ethan Allen captured fort and cannon later used in defense of Boston.
  • Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill)

    Only battle in long siege of Boston. 1 in 6 of all British officers killed in the American Revolution died here.
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    Invasion of Quebec

    Generals Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery failed in attempt to invade Canada.
  • Dorchester Heights

    British forced to evacuate New England.
  • Long Island

    Where:New York
    Continental Army forced to retreat to Manhattan and then New Jersey.
  • Trenton

    Where:New Jersey
    Hessian mercenaries crushed in Washington’s raid across the Delaware River. Casualties: Colonials—4; Hessians—900.
  • Princeton

    Where:New Jersey
    Continental Army recaptured New Jersey from the British in ten days. British retreat to New York, where they remain for the duration of the war.
  • Brandywine Creek

    British seized Philadelphia after these victories.
  • GermanTown

    Despite the defeat, the Americans were encouraged by their initial successes.
  • Saratoga

    Where:New York
    Burgoyne surrenders 5,800 men. Turning point of the American Revolution. Convinced the French to assist the colonies.
  • Monmouth

    Where:New Jersey
    Continental Army almost captured the British, but cowardice allowed the British forces to escape.
  • Savannah

    Beginning of the British push into the southern colonies.
  • Vincennes

    Where:Western Territories
    George Rogers Clark captured British forts, which proved important in negotiations w/ the British after the war.
  • Charleston

    Where:South Carolina
    British gained control of the southern colonies with the victory here. The largest defeat for the Continental Army.
  • King’s Mountain

    Where:South Carolina
    Bloody victory for the Continental Army.
  • Yorktown

    Cornwallis surrendered to Washington as French and American forces trapped the British on peninsula.