Revolutionary War

  • Lexington and Concord "The shot heard round the world"

    Lexington and Concord "The shot heard round the world"
    The British governor Thomas Gage sent troops over to Concord to stop the colonists with loaded arms, and the next day the first shots were fired in Lexington, starting the war. The battles resulted in a British retreat to Boston.
  • The Second Contenental Congress meets in Philidelphia

    The Second Contenental Congress meets in Philidelphia
    Representatives from each of the 9 colonies met in Phillidelphia to start an official government, and to build an army and a navy. Once there they all decided that George Washington would lead the army of men.
  • George Washington is named Commander in Chief

    George Washington is named Commander in Chief
    George Washington is appointed to Commander in Chief. Many men resect his judgement and his call so they elected they he would be in charge.
  • Battle of Breeds Hill

    Battle of Breeds Hill
    The British drive the Americans from Breed's Hill. During the Siege of Boston in the early American Revolutionary War, British successfully captured Charlestown Peninsula, many casualties suffered on both sides.
  • Washington assumes command of the Contenental Army

    Washington assumes command of the Contenental Army
    Washington has now been apointed to command the Contenental Army.
  • Burning of Norfolk

    Burning of Norfolk
    Virginia and NC patriots rout Loyalist troops and end up burning Norfolk.
  • Paine's "Common Sense" published

    Paine's "Common Sense" published
    Thomas Paine is a revolutionary leader who wrote the pamphlet Common Sense arguing for American independence from Britain. In England he published The Rights of Man.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Congress adopts the Decloration of Indpenedence. This is also known as independence day.
  • The Virginia Declaration of Rights

    The Virginia Declaration of Rights
    The Virginia Declaration of Rights is written by George Mason.
  • The First Virginia Constitution

    The First Virginia Constitution
    The First Virgina Constitution is written by the 37th congress in the second session.
  • Reading The Declaration of Independence

    Reading The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is read to the public on July 8th 1776.
  • Signing The Declaration of Independence

    Signing The Declaration of Independence
    Delegates begin to sign The Declaration of Independence.
  • Battle of Long Island

    Battle of Long Island
    Redcoats defeat thee George Washington's army, and Washingtons army escpes at night. Howe defeated Americans and forced them to retreat to Manhattan island.
  • Battle of Harlem Heights

    Battle of Harlem Heights
    Generals George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Israel Putnam triumphantaly hold their ground.
  • Lafayette

    Lafayette
    Lafayette arives in Philadelphia.
  • Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania

    Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania
    British Win. The British victory in this battle ensured that Philadelphia, the capital of the self-proclaimed United States of America, would remain in British hands throughout the winter of 1777-1778.
  • Burgoyne surrenders

    Burgoyne surrenders
    Surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY.
  • Victory at Saratoga

    Victory at Saratoga
    In New York, the British were outnumbered and were forced to surrender. The colonist victory was a turning point in the war because it inspired the French to help the colonists fight the British.
  • Fort Mifflin

    Fort Mifflin
    British capture Fort Mifflin in Pennsylvania and keep moving on with the war.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Washington's army retires to winter. Harsh cold and lack of supplies limits the mens ablility to fight and the winter finally wins.
  • French Alliance

    French Alliance
    United States and French sign the French Alliance making them allies in war.
  • General Henry Clinton

    General Henry Clinton
    General William Howe is replaced by Henry Clinton.
  • Battle of Barren Hill

    Battle of Barren Hill
    Pennsylvania. Lafayette with 500 men and about 50 Oneida Indians successfully evade British onslaught.
  • Burning of Indian Villages

    Burning of Indian Villages
    Newtown, Ny, after two massacres, American forces burn Indian villages.
  • Nathanael Greene

    Nathanael Greene
    Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army. Quaker-raised American general who employed tactics of fighting and then drawing back to recover, then attacking again. Defeated Cornwallis by thus "fighting Quaker".
  • Articles of Confederation adopted

    Articles of Confederation adopted
    After 16 months of debating the contenential congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.
  • Battle of Cowpens

    Battle of Cowpens
    An overwhelming victory by American Revolutionary forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. This was a decisive victory by American Revolutionary forces under General Daniel Morgan, and was a turning point in the reconquest of South Carolina from the British.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    This was the winning battle of the Revolution and what made the French alliance so important. We had them cornered by both land and by sea thanks to the French.
  • Lord North

    Lord North
    Lord North resigns as British prime minister that repealed the Townshend Acts and passed coercive acts. He hoped for an early peace during the Revolutionary War and resigned after Cornwallis' surrender in 1781.
  • Articles of Peace

    Articles of Peace
    British and Americans sign preliminary Articles of Peace.
  • Congress ratifies prelimintary peace treaty

    Congress ratifies prelimintary peace treaty
    Peace Treaty of Paris is ratified by the congress and sent out.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    United States and Great Britian sign the Treaty of Paris. Ended the American Revolution and forced Britain to recognized the United States as an independent nation.
  • Washington Resigns as Commander

    Washington Resigns as Commander
    Washington has resigned as a commander of the Contenental Army.
  • U.S. Constituation signed

    U.S. Constituation signed
    The United States Constitution is signed.
  • U.S. Constitution adopted

    U.S. Constitution adopted
    New Hampshire retifies it and the United States Constitution is adopted.
  • Ratification of the Constitution

    Ratification of the Constitution
    The constitution is ratified after a series of edits and signatures.