Revolutionary War

  • April 19

    April 19
    Minutemen and redcoats clashed at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • June 15

    June 15
    The Congress named George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army.
  • June 17

    June 17
    The British drove the Americans from Breed's Hill in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • March 17

    The British evacuated Boston.
  • July 4

    July 4
    The Declaration of Independence was adopted.
  • Aug. 7

    Aug. 7
    The redcoats defeated the patriots at the Battle of Long Island.
  • Sept. 15

    The British occupied New York City.
  • Dec 26

    Washington mounted a surprise attack on Hessian troops at the Battle of Trenton.
  • Jan 3

    Washington gained a victory at the Battle of Princeton.
  • Aug. 6

    Loyalists and Indians forced the patriots back at Oriskany, but then withdrew.
  • Aug. 16

    Aug. 16
    The patriots crushed the Hessians at the Battle of Bennington.
  • Sept. 11

    The British won the Battle of Brandywine.
  • Sept. 19

    General Horatio Gates's forces checked British General John Burgoyne's army in the First Battle of Freeman's Farm.
  • Sept. 26

    The British occupied Philadelphia.
  • Oct. 4

    Washington's forces met defeat in the Battle of Germantown.
  • Oct. 7

    The patriots defeated the British in the Second Battle of Freeman's Farm.
  • Oct. 17

    Burgeoned surrendered at the Battle of Saratoga.
  • Dec. 19

    Dec. 19
    Washington's army retired to winter quarters at Valley Forge.