Nathalia's Revolutionary War Timeline

  • The War Moves to the Middle States

    The British had retreated from Boston and were moving to seize New York.
  • Staten Island

    General William Howe and Admiral Richard Howe came together on Staten Island and sailed into New York harbor along with 32,000 soliers. Thousands of these soldiers were german mercenaries.
  • Batt;e in New York

    There was a battle in New York which ended inlate August. Americans retreated due to heavy losses.
  • Pushing into the Delaware River

    The British had pushed Washington's army across the Delware River and into Pennsylvania.
  • Trenton Ambush

    Trenton Ambush
    Washington led 2,400 of his men in small rowboats across the Delaware River.
  • Trenton Ambush

    Trenton Ambush
    By 8 a.m., the men had marched 9 miles through snow to reach Trenton, New Jersey. The Hessians, or German soldiers, had drank too much rum the night before and were still sleeping it off. Because of the storm, none of the Hessians stationed in Trenton thought there would be an atack. During the swift attack, Americans killed 30 of the enemy, took 918 captive, and took 6 cannons.
  • Princeton Battle

    The Americans won another battle against 1,200 British at Princeton.
  • Seize Philadelphia

    General Howe began his campaign to seize American capital at Philadelphia.
  • Chesapeake Bay

    General Howe sailed his troops from New York to the Chesapeake Bay. Washingtons troops tried to keep the redcoats away but were unsuccessful and the British captured Philadelphia.
  • Battle at Saratoga

    Battle at Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point in the war. American troops surrounded General Burgoyne at Saratoga and after the British surrendered, they ket their troops close to the coast where they had their big guns and supply bases of the British fleet. This victory also encouraged France to send help.
  • Albigense Waldo

    ALbigense Waldo worked as a surgeon at Valley Forge, desperately trying to save limbsand keep the soldiers from dying. Valley Forge was right outside of Philadelphia and served as the Continental Army's camp.
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold

    The French signed an alliance with the Americans. They wanted revenge since their defeat in the French and Indian War and they secretly sent the Patriots weapons since early 1776.
  • Change isn't always a bad thing

    American troops began to change. Friedrich von Steuben volunteered to General Washington to make regular soldiers out of his men. With training, the Continental Army was becoming an effective fighting force. Marquis de Lafayette offered his assisstance also.
  • Morris and Salomon

    Congress made rich merchant Robert Morris superintendent of finance. His associate was Harry Salomon.
  • The South

    Because of heir defeat at Saratoga, the British started targetting the south, hoping to take back some of their colonies.
  • Morris and Salomon do good

    The troops were finally paid in specie, or gold coin, because of the amazing efforts of Morris and Salomon.
  • Savannah Georgia

    British took Savannah, Georgia.
  • Governer

    By the spring of 1779, a royal governer was once again in command of Georgia.
  • Marquis de Lafayette

    He stuck in valley Forge and lobbied for French reinforcements in Frence in 1779, and led a command in Virginia during the last years of the war.
  • Charles Town, South Carolina

    The British captured Charles Town, South Carolina and marched 5,500 American soldiers as prisoners of war.
  • Sailing south with 8,500 men

    General Henry Clinton and General Cornwallis sailed south with 8,500 men. General Clinton had replaced General Howe in New York.
  • Cornwallis

    For most of 1780, Cornwallis succeeded. The redcoats were joined by thousands of African American slaves hoping to earn their freedom. In August, Cornwallis' army defeated American troops at Camden, South Carolina. Within 3 months, the British had forts across the state.
  • New Port, Rhode Island

    A French army of 6,000 men arrived and stationed themselves in New Port, Rhode Island, after the British left for the south.
  • Fighting back

    When the American and British troops clashed in January, in Cowpens, South Carolina, the British were expecting an easy win but the Continental Army fought back and forced the enemy to surrender.
  • Attacking and losing

    Cornwallis attacked Nathanael Greene, who Washington had ordered to march south and harass Cornwallis in January, at Guilford Court House, New Carolina. Cornwallis attacked Greene out of anger for losing in January. He won but had many injuries and casualties.
  • Dear Lafayette please help

    Greene was worried about the fight for the south so he wrote to Lafayette pleading for help.
  • Corwallis surrenders

    Cornwallis finally raised the white flag and surrendered. His army was exhausted and outnumbered 2 to 1.
  • British surrender

    Colonel William Fontaine of the Virginia militia stood with the American and French armies to witness the British surrender.
  • Peace

    Peace talks began in Paris.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was signed. This confirmed U.S.'s independence.