The American Revolution

  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The British planned to sneak to Lexington and Concord and take several of the colonial militias leaders, but were intercepted by the colonial militia itself. The British eventually retreated, but they had killed 7 Americans in the process.
  • George Washington Made Commander in Chief

    George Washington Made Commander in Chief
    George Washington, a veteran of the French-Indian War, was made commander in chief of the American army.
  • Battle at Bunker Hill

    Battle at Bunker Hill
    The colonial militia hid in the top of Bunker Hill, and when the British got close, they would mow them down with their guns. This happened multiple times, until the Americans had to retreat. Even in the Americans "loss", they had won because of how much damage they did to the Redcoats.
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" Published

    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" Published
    "Common Sense", a book that was written by Thomas Paine, was published to convince the people that were neutral in the conflict between Britain and America to join the colonists side.
  • British Evacuate Boston

    The British finally evacuate Boston
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence, a document containing all of the complaints of America, was finished.
  • Battle at Long Island

    Battle at Long Island
    The British defeat the American army at Long Island. Washington's army escapes at night.
  • Crossing of the Delaware

    Crossing of the Delaware
    Washington and his army cross the Delaware, and had a surprise attack on Trenton, which was inhabited by Hessians. The Americans surprisingly won. This battle was very important for the colonies because it saved the American army from a very early defeat.
  • Battle at Princeton

    Battle at Princeton
    Shortly following the capturing of Trenton, the Americans marched on to Princeton and won the battle there.
  • American Flag Chosen

    American Flag Chosen
    The American Flag is finally decided on, and it contains 13 stars and 13 red and white stripes
  • Lafayette's Arrival

    Lafayette's Arrival
    Marquis de Lafayette, a man from France, arrived in Philadelphia with several French commanders to aid the Americans in their battle against the British
  • Battle of Brandywine

    Battle of Brandywine
    Washington and his men set up their defenses at Brandywine, Pennsylvania. When the British arrived, Washington was left confused as they had battled. The Americans lost and had to retreat. This eventually led to the capture of Philadelphia by the British
  • Battle of Saratoga 1

    Battle of Saratoga 1
    British forces led by commander Burgoyne were going to attack the American army at Bemis Heights, but were intercepted at Freeman's Farm by American commander Benedict Arnold. Burgoyne eventually gained control over the farm, but he lost many men in the process.
  • Battle of Saratoga 2

    Battle of Saratoga 2
    Burgoyne attempted to attack Bemis Heights again, and was outnumbered by a lot. When he arrived, his men fought and eventually he surrendered. This was very important because it was the first major victory for the Americans.
  • French Alliance

    French Alliance
    The Treaty of Alliance between the French and the Americans was concluded.
  • British Leave Philadelphia

    The British leave Philadelphia and return to New York
  • Battle of Kettle Creek

    Battle of Kettle Creek
    At Kettle Creek in North Georgia, 340 patriots attacked 700 loyalists. Surprisingly, the patriots came out victorious, despite being outnumbered 2 to 1.
  • Battle of Brier Creek

    Battle of Brier Creek
    This was a battle that was definately won by the British, without a doubt. The Americans got slaughtered, as the British only lost 5 men, and the Americans lost 150 men.
  • Spanish Join the Battle

    Spain declares war on Great Britain.
  • The Tappan Massacre

    69 men in the American were killed, wounded, and/or captured by the British Col. Baylor and his 650 followers. This was a completely unfair battle, as the Americans had only some 100 men.
  • Siege of Charleston

    Siege of Charleston
    After 6 weeks of siege by the British, the Continental Army surrendered about 5,000 soldiers to the British. This was the biggest loss of men for the Americans in the entire war.
  • Battle of Hanging Rock

    Battle of Hanging Rock
    The Patriot Militia and the Loyalist Militia battled for about 3 hours, and the Patriots won. The battle had to be stopped because of the heat and the thirst the participants were undergoing.
  • Battle of Kings Mountain

    Battle of Kings Mountain
    The Patriot and Loyalist Militias had the ultimate showdown in North Carolina. The Patriots had the decisive win in the end, defeating the Loyalist militia.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation were adopted on this day.
  • Battle of Guilford Court House

    Battle of Guilford Court House
    A group of about 4,000 Americans battle about 1,900 British, and lost, but the loss was very costly for the British, because they lost a quarter of their men.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    In the last battle of the Revolutionary War, American General Washington and French General Lafayette pinched British General Cornwallis from the North and the South. They defeated the British, as Cornwallis surrendered because he was severely outnumbered. Another helper in this battle for the Americans was the fact that the ocean around the area was blocked off by French Admiral Degrasse.
  • British Evacuate Savannah

    The British evacuate Savannah, Georgia near the end of the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the war, and seperate Britain and America for good.
  • British Leave

    The British finally leave New York, and America for good.
  • Washington Resigns

    Washington Resigns
    George Washington, the Commander and General of the American army, resigns from his job on this day.