Ruby Liss' Revolutionary War Timeline

  • Two Brothers

    In the summer of 1766, two brothers General William Howe and Admiral Richard Howe joined forces on Staten Island and sailed into New York harbor.
  • The Bitter French

    Since early 1776, the French who were still bitter from their defeat by the British in the French and Indian war, had secretly sent weapons to the patriots.
  • Middle States

    On March 15th 1776, the British had previously retreated from Boston, moving the theater of war to the Middle States.
  • Battle for New York

    Battle for New York
    On August 27th 1776, Michael Graham, a Continental Army volunteer, described the chaotic withdrawl of the battle for New York.
  • Washington's Army

    By late Fall of 1776, the British had pushed Washington's army across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania.
  • Christmas Night

    On Chrismas night of 1776 Washington resolved to risk everything on one bold stroke set.
  • Hessians

    By 8:00 in the morning on December 26th 1776, the men had marched nine miles through sleet and snow to the objective - Trenton, New Jersey, held by a garrison of Hessians.
  • Washington's Command

    On December 31st 1776, fewer than 8,000 men remained under Washington's command and the terms of their enlistment were due to end.
  • Seize the American Capital

    In the Spring of 1777, General Howe began his campaign to seize the American capital at Philadelphia.
  • Saratoga

    On October 17th 1777, massed American troops finaly surrounded Burgoyne at Saratoga, where he surrendered his battered army to General Gates.
  • Valley Forge

    During the winter of 1777-1778, Albignese Waldo worked as a surgeon at Valley Forge outside Philadelphia, which served as the site of the Continental Army's camp.
  • Treaty of Cooeration

    On February 15th 1778, the French recognized American independance and signed an alliance, or treaty of cooperation, with the Americans.
  • American Transformation

    On February 15th 1778, in the midst of the frozen winter at Valley Forge, American troops began an amazing transformation.
  • British Changes Military Strategy

    In the summer of 1778, after their devastating defeat at Saratoga, the British changed their military strategy; they began to shift their operations to the south.
  • British Expedition

    At the end of 1778, a British expedition easily took Savannah, Georgia.
  • Command Georgia

    By the Spring of 1779, a royal governor once again commanded Georgia.
  • The Young Lafayette

    In France in 1779, the young Lafayette joined Washingtons staff and bore the misery of Valley Forge, lobbied for French reinforcements, and led a command in Virginia in the last years of the war.
  • Charles Town Captured

    On May 15th 1780, the British captured Charles Town, South Carolina, and marched 5,500 American soldiers off as prisoners of war.
  • Clinton Sails South

    In 1780, George Henry Clinton, who had replaced Howe in New York, along with the ambitious general Charles Cornwallis, sailed south with 8,500 men.
  • British Forts

    On August 15th 1780, Cornwallis' Army smashed American forces at Camden, North Caroline, and within three months the British had established forts across the state.
  • Redcoats Surrender

    On January 15th 1781, when the forces met at Cowpens, South Caroline, the British expected the outnumbered Americans to flee; but the Continental Army fought back, and forced the Redcoats to surrender.
  • Letter to Lafayette

    On April 3rd 1781, Nathanael Green wrote a letter to Lafayette asking for help.
  • Philadelphia Merchant

    In 1781, the congress appointed a rich Philadelphia merchant named Robert Morris a superintendant of finance.
  • Harass Cornwallis

    In 1781 Britain looses and Washington ordered Nathaneal Greene, his abelest general, to march south and harass Cornwallis as he retreated.
  • Morris and Salomon

    On September 8th 1781, due to the efforts of Morris and Salomon, the troops were finally paid in specie, or gold coin.
  • Cornwallis Surrenders

    On October 17th 1781, with his troops outnumbered by more than two to one and exhausted from constant shelling, Cornwallis finally raised the white flag of surrender.
  • British Surrender

    On the afternoon of October 19th 1781, Colonel William Fontaine of the Virginia militia stood with the American and French armies lining a road near Yorktown to witness the formal British surrender.
  • Accept the British Surrender

    On October 19th 1781, a triumphant Washington, the French generals and their troos assembled to accept the British surrender.
  • Peace Talks

    In 1782 Peace talks begin in Paris.
  • Treaty of Paris

    On September 15th 1783, the delgates signed the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed U.S independance and set the boundaries of the new nation.