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Revolutionary War Timeline

  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin
    -Printer, Scientist, Politician
    -A Founding Father
  • Roger Sherman

    Roger Sherman
    -Lawyer and politician
    -First mayor of New Haven
    -Signed all four great state papers of U.S. (the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution)
    -Served on the Committee of Five (Drafted Declaration of Independence)
  • (General) William Howe

    (General) William Howe
    -Commander-in-Chief of British forces
  • Richard Henry Lee

    Richard Henry Lee
    -From Virginia
    -Part of the Second Continental Congress
  • Francis Marion

    Francis Marion
    -"Swamp Fox"
    -Father of modern guerrilla warfare
  • John Dickinson

    John Dickinson
    -American lawyer and politician
  • Paul Revere

    Paul Revere
    -American Silversmith
    -Early Industrialist
    -Patriot in American Revolution
  • John Adams

    John Adams
    -2nd President of the United States
    -First Vice President of the United States
  • John Hancock

    John Hancock
    -President of Second Continental Congress
    -1st and 3rd Governor of Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine
    -English-American political activist
  • King George III

    King George III
    -King of Great Britain and Ireland until Jan 1, 1801 when they united
    -He was then King of Great Britain and United Kingdom until death
  • Nathaniel Greene

    Nathaniel Greene
    -Major General of Continental Army
    -When war started he was a militia private (lowest rank)
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    -Main author of Declaration of Independence
    -3rd President of the United States
  • Robert Livingston

    Robert Livingston
    -Known as "The Chancellor"; held this office for 25 years
    -Lawyer, Politician, and diplomat
  • Peter Salem

    Peter Salem
    -Free Negro who was born a slave
  • Betsy Ross

    Betsy Ross
    -Credited with making the first American Flag
  • Nathaniel Hale

    Nathaniel Hale
    -Volunteered for an Intelligence mission but was captured
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    -British Redcoats (General Thomas Gage) vs. American Minutemen (John Parker)
    -April 18-19th, 1775
    -Took place in Lexingon and Concord
    -This started the Revoluntionary War
  • Green Mountain Boys

    Green Mountain Boys
    -Green Mountain boys (very rag tag) led by Ethan Allen were asked by George Washington to travel to Philadelphia to a capture a fort that had a large amount of weaponry.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    -Redcoats (Colonel William Prescott) vs. Patriots (Major General William Howe)
    -Took place at Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill in Boston Harbor
    -June 16, 1775; end date unknown
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    -A letter to King George III representing a last attempt by North America to avoid a war of independence against Britain (
  • Battle of Quebec

    Battle of Quebec
    -America (Major General Benedict Arnold and Brigadier Richard Montgomery) and British Recruits (Guy Carleton and Colonel Allen Maclean)
    -Took place in Quebec, Canada
    -The Americans wanted help from French Canadians who were unhappy.
  • "Common Sense" Published

    "Common Sense" Published
    -Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet that was titled “common sense” and appeared in the streets of Philadelphia. It stated “I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense.” When he had wrote this he had only just arrived in England. He had a strong liking for Colonists and their quarrel against the King.
  • Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge (a.k.a. Lexington and Concord of the South)

    Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge (a.k.a. Lexington and Concord of the South)
    -North Carolina Patriots and a Loyalist (Tories) Army
  • Congress Meets

    Congress Meets
    -The 50 state representatives met for another congress. They then voted that they were a “free and independent states”.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    -The Declaration of Independence written by the fifty elected delegates.
  • Battle of Long Island

    Battle of Long Island
    -Washington's troops vs. Howe's troops
    -August 1776
    -Took place at Long Island, New Jersey, and Deleware
  • Battle of Harlem Heights

  • Battle of White Plains

  • Battle of Fort Washington

  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    -Hessian Troops and Washington's Troops
    -Took place in Trenton
  • Battle of Princeton

    -General Washington left fires burning and went behind enemy lines (British) to attack Princeton.
  • Battle of Ticonderoga

    Battle of Ticonderoga
    -British (Major General John Burgoyne) vs. American (Major General Arthur St Clair)
    -Took place at Fort Ticonderoga
    -The Americans withdrew leaving the British with a win
  • Battle of Hubbardton

  • Battle of Bennington

  • Battle of Paoli

  • Battle of Brandywine Creek

  • Battle of Freeman's Farm

  • Battle of Germantown

  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    -British/German (Major General John Burgoyne) vs. Americans (Major General Horatio Gates and Brigadier Benedict Arnold)
    -Took place in Saratoga
    -Convinced the French to become a U.S. ally
  • Battle of Monmouth

  • Battle of Camden

  • Battle of King's Mountain

    Battle of King's Mountain
    -Loyalist's (Major Patrick Ferguson ) vs. Patriots (many different colonels)
    -Took place at King's Mountain, South Carolina
    -Patriots were the victors
  • Battle of Cowpens

    Battle of Cowpens
    -General Morgan's Troops vs. British (Cornwallis Troops)
    -Took place in Cowpens, SC
  • Battle of Guilford Courthouse

  • Battle Of Yorktown

    Battle Of Yorktown
    -Benedict Arnold's troops vs. Cornwallis' troops
    -Took place in Virgina
    -The purpose was to cut off American supply routes to the South
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    Victory of Yorktown

    -Benedict Arnold's troops vs. Cornwallis' troops
    -Took place in Virgina
    -The purpose was to cut off American supply routes to the South