Key Battles in the American Revolution

By Gaowei
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The American Revolution started with this battle. This battle was fought in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy, and Cambridge. The victorious side was the Colonists.
  • The Siege of Fort Ticonderoga

    Ethan Allen captured fort and cannon later used in defense in Boston.
  • The Battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill

    This battle happened in Breeds Hill and was one of the most important colonial victories in the American Revolution. 1 in 6 of all British officers that were killed in the American Revolution, died here.
  • The Battle of Quebec

    This battle started with the Colonists wanting to have Quebec. In this battle, Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold led a force of about 1,200 American army forces and Canadian militia to attack the city, which, due to bad weather and bad timing, didn't go well. Richard Montgomery died, Benedict Arnold was wounded, and Daniel Morgan plus more than 400 men were captured.
  • Battle of Dorchester Heights

    The British Force was forced to evacuate New England.
  • The Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn Heights)

    Both the two amries had conscience that New York was a very important, as it was the focal point for communications between the northern and southern colonies. They both tried to conquer it but the US Colonies were defeated.
  • The Battle of Trenton

    As soon as Fort Lee was abandoned, Washington began to withdraw his army across New Jersey toward Philadelphia. About 5,000 Americans left Hackensack on November 21, 1776, and retired without casualties 100 miles to safety behind the Delaware River on December 7. But the troops suffered a want of clothing and a sense of defeat which quickly translated into high sickness and desertion rates.
  • The Battle of Princeton

    Continetal Army recaptured New Jersey from the British in ten days. British go back to New York, where they stay while the war continues.
  • The Battle of Germantown

    With Howe's forces thus divided, Washington saw an opportunity to confront the British. He decided to attack the British garrison in Germantown as the last effort of the year before the onset of winter. They weren't really victorious.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    Burgoyne surrenders 5,800 men. It was the turning point of the American Revolution. French were convinced to assist the colonies.
  • The Battle of Monmouth

    British were almost captured in this battle, but cowardice allowed them to escape.
  • Battle of Vincennes

    George Rogers Clark captured British forts, which proved important in negotiations with the British after the war.
  • The Capture of Savannah

    British start pushing southwards. The American commander Brigadier General Robert Howe of North Carolina, with only 700 men, made a feeble attempt to defend the city. But with troops in their rear, the American defense was broken. With the loss of well over 550 men, and all the artillery, Howe was forced to retire into South Carolina.
  • The Siege of Charleston

    The British Army gained control of the southern colonies with the victory here (South Carolina). This was the largest loss for the continental army.
  • The Battle of King's Mountain

    This was a very big victory for the continental army.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Siege of Yorktown or Battle of Yorktown in 1781 was a decisive victory by combined assault of American forces led by General George Washington and French forces led by General Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. It proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War, as the surrender of Cornwallis's army prompted the British government eventually to negotiate an end to the conflict.