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Revolutionary Time Line ~Izzy Brantly

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  • British Retreat From Boston

    the British retreat from Boston caused the the theatre of war to move to the Middle states. As part of a grand plan to stop the rebellion by isolating New England, the British decided to seize New York City.
  • General William Howe and Admiral Richard Howe sailed into New York harbor

    The British assmebled 32,000 soldiers, including thousands of German mercenaries, or soldiers who fight solely for money. They sailed into New York Harbor in the summer of 1776
  • Battle Of New York Ended

    The battle for New York ended in late August with an American retreat following heavy losses.
  • Washington Pushed Across The Delaware River

    Following the loss of New York, Washington and his men were driven into Pennsylvania, across the Delaware river.
  • Battle Of Trenton

    Battle Of Trenton
    Washington led 2,400 men across the Delaware river and 9 miles through snow to reach Trenton where they killed 30 Hessians and captured 918
  • Washington's Men's Contracts Were Going To Expire

    Fewer than 8,000 men remained under Washington’s command,
  • Battle Of Princeton

    The Americans were victoriuos over 1,200 British soldiers stationed at Princeton.
  • Fight For Philadelphia

    General Howe began his campaign to seize the American capital at Philadelphia. His troops sailed from New York to the head of Chesapeake Bay, and landed near the capital. The Continental Congress fled the city while Washington’s troops unsuccessfully tried to block the redcoats at nearby Brandywine Creek. The British captured Philadelphia, and General Howe settled in to enjoy the hospitality of the city’s grateful Loyalists
  • Saratoga

    Burgoyne tried to assemble forces to surround New England and isolate it from the rest of the colonies. His plans were foiled when groups of continental soliers haulted the seperate armies coming into New England.
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    Winter At Valley Forge

  • Winter At Valley Forge

    Washington and his men were strnaded in the hills out side of Philadelphia lacking supplies and freezing from rigid temperatures. Soldiers suffered from exposure and frostbite, and surgeons like Albigense Waldo worked constantly but often unsuccesfully to save arms and limbs from amputation. Of the 10,000 soldiers who braved wind, snow, and hunger at Valley Forge that winter, more than 2,000 died.
  • France Joins The War

    France finally recognizes that the Americans have an chance and sign on to help them take down the British.
  • Friedrich von Steuben

     Friedrich von Steuben
    A Prussian captain and talented drillmaster, volunteered his services to General Washington and went to work “to make regular soldiers out of country bumbkins"
  • British Move South

    The British began to shift their operations to the South. There,
    the British hoped to rally Loyalist support, reclaim their former colonies in the region, and then slowly fight their way back north.
  • Savanna, Georgia

    The British took Savannah Georgia in the end of 1778
  • Royal Governor

    By the spring of 1779, a royal governor
    once again commanded Georgia
  • Marquis de Lafayette

    Lafayette, a french aristocrats joined Washington’s
    staff and bore the misery of Valley Forge, lobbied for French reinforcements in France in 1779, and led a command in Virginia in the last years of the war.
  • British Greatest Victory

    British captured Charles Town, South Carolina and marched 5,500 American soldiers off as prisoners of war. Clinton then left for New York, leaving Cornwallis to command the British forces in the South and to conquer South and North Carolina
  • Newport, Rhose Island

    a French army of 6,000 had landed in Newport, Rhode Island, after the British left the city to focus on the South
  • Cornwallis's Success

    As the redcoats advanced, they were
    joined by thousands of African Americans who had escaped from Patriot slaveowners to join the British and win their freedom. Cornwallis’s army smashed American forces at Camden, South Carolina, and within three months
    the British had established forts across the state
  • General Henry Clinton

    General Henry Clinton, who had replaced Howe in New York, along with the ambitious general Charles Cornwallis sailed south with 8,500 men General Henry Clinton,
  • Robert Morris

    Congress appointed Robert Morris, a rich Philly merchant, as superintendent of finance. His associate was Haym Salomon, a Jewish political refugee from Poland. Morris and Salomon begged and borrowed on their personal credit to raise money to provide salaries for the Continental Army.
  • Cowpens, South Carolina

    Washington sent 600 men to harrass Cornwallis as he retreated. A wild chase broke out through the country side and the American army did not back down and won the fight
  • Guilford Court House, South Carolina

    Cornwallis, angred by the loss at Cowpens, attcked Green two months later but the victory cost him nearly a fourth of his troops—93 were killed, over 400 were wounded, and 26 were missing.
  • Letter to Lafayette

    Green wrote a letter to Lafayette, asking for help with the British armies attacks.
  • Troops Finally Paid

    Due to the efforts of Morris and Salomon, on September 8, 1781, the troops were finally paid in specie, or gold coin.
  • Yorktown

    Americans and French closed in on Cornwallis and blocked off the Chesapeake Bay. Cornwallis finally raised a white flag to surrender on Oct. 17th 1781
  • End Of The Revolution

    Colonel William Fontaine of the Virginia militia stood with the
    American and French armies lining a road near Yorktown,Virginia, to witness the formal British surrender.
  • Handing Over His Sword

    General Charles O’Hara, representing Cornwallis, handed over his sword, the British troops laid down their arms, as sign of defeat
  • Paris

    Representatives from United States, Great Britain, France, and Spain came to gether to work out an agreement between the sharing of the Americas.
  • Treaty O f Paris

    Treaty O f Paris
    This Treaty Of Paris confirmed U.S. independence and set the boundaries of the new nation. The United States now stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from Canada to the Florida border.