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Timeline of the American Revolution

Important dates in the American Revolution

(from the American Revolution article)
April 19
 Minutemen and redcoats clashed at the  Battles of Lexington and Concord.
June 15
The Congress named  George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army.
June 17
The British drove the Americans from Breed's Hill in the  Battle of Bunker Hill.
Feb. 27
The patriots defeated the Loyalists at Moores Creek Bridge.
March 17
The British evacuated Boston.
July 4
The  Declaration of Independence was adopted.
Aug. 27
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
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
Burgoyne surrendered at the  Battle of Saratoga.
Dec. 19
Washington's army retired to winter quarters at  Valley Forge.
Feb. 6
The United States and France signed an alliance.
June 28
The  Battle of Monmouth ended in a draw.
Dec. 29
The redcoats took Savannah.
Feb. 25
British defenders of  Vincennes surrendered to  George Rogers Clark.
June 21
Spain declared war on Great Britain.
Sept. 23
 John Paul Jones's ship, the Bonhomme Richard, captured the British ship Serapis.
May 12
Charleston fell after a British siege.
Aug. 16
The British defeated the Americans at the  Battle of Camden.
Oct. 7
American frontiersmen stormed the Loyalist positions on Kings Mountain.
Jan. 17
The patriots won a victory at the  Battle of Cowpens.
March 15
 General Charles Cornwallis clashed with General  Nathanael Greene at Guilford Courthouse.
Sept. 5
A French fleet inflicted great damage on a British naval force at  Chesapeake Bay.
Oct. 19
Cornwallis's forces surrendered during the  Siege of Yorktown.
March 20
King George's chief minister,  Lord North, resigned.
Nov. 30
The Americans and British signed a preliminary peace treaty in Paris.
April 15
Congress ratified the preliminary peace treaty.
Sept. 3
The United States and Great Britain signed the final peace treaty in Paris.

The Revolutionary War Begins

The Revolutionary War Begins Paul Revere's Ride (April 18, 1775) - The Revolutionary War starts and Paul Revere makes his famous ride to warn the colonists that the "British are coming". 

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Battle of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) - The actual fighting starts with the first "shot heard around the world". The Americans win as the British retreat.

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga (May 10, 1775) - The Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British.

Battle of Bunker Hill (June 16, 1775) - Major battle where William Prescott told the American troops "don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes".

Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull The Declaration of Independence is Adopted (July 4, 1776) - The Continental Congress agrees to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.

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George Washington Crosses the Delaware (Dec. 25, 1776) - George Washington and his troops cross the Delaware River on Christmas night and surprise the enemy.

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America Chooses a Flag (June 14, 1777) - The Continental Congress adopts the "Stars and Stripes" Flag sewn by Betsy Ross.

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Battles of Saratoga (September 19 - October 17, 1777) - British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army to the Americans after suffering defeat at the Battles of Saratoga.

Valley Forge (Winter of 1777-1778) - The Continental army under George Washington spends the winter training at Valley Forge.

Alliance with France (Feb. 16, 1778) - France recognized the United States as an independent country with the Treaty of Alliance.

Articles of Confederation (March 2, 1781) - Defined the official government of the United States.

Battle of Yorktown (Oct. 19, 1781) - The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. British

General Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown was the unofficial end to the war.

Treaty of Paris (Sept. 3, 1783) - Treaty that officially ended the war. 

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Interactive Timeline - World Book Student

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Biographies from the American Revolution

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American Revolution Databases

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Events that Lead to the War

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The Stamp Act (March 22, 1765) - Britain sets a tax that requires a stamp on all public documents like newspapers or legal documents. The colonists did not like having this tax placed on them. This led to unrest in the colonies and the Stamp Act Congress (October 1765).

The Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770 - 5 Boston colonists are shot by British troops.

The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor by Sarony & Major The Boston Tea Party (Dec. 16, 1773) - Angry with a new tax on tea, some Boston colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty board British ships and dump crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.

The First Continental Congress Meets (Sept. 1774) - Representatives from the colonies get together to unite and oppose British taxes. Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Source: National Archives and Records Administration.

Capstone eBooks

The following eBooks are from our Capstone collection. You may click on them to link directly to the book where you can READ or LISTEN to the book to take your notes.


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Secrets of the American Revolution

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by Elizabeth Raum

The Declaration of Independence 

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TrueFlix books about the American Revolution

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American Revolution from DK Find Out

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American Revolution - BrainPOP

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