Key Events in the Revolutionary War

Lexington-ConcordApril 1775MassachusettsFirst armed conflict. Propaganda victory for U.S. Casualties: U.S.:95. British: 270
Ft. TiconderogaMay 1775Lake ChamplainEthan Allen captured fort and cannon later used in defense of Boston
Breed's Hill (Bunker Hill)June 1775Boston1/6 of all British officers killed in war die here. Only battle in long siege of Boston
Invasion of QuebecWinter 1775-76Maine/CanadaGens. Arnold and Montgomery failed in invasion attempt of Canada
Dorchester HeightsMarch 1776BostonBritish forced to evacuate New England
Declaration of IndependenceJuly 1776Philadelphia2nd Continental Congress issues formal declaration of separation from British
Long IslandAugust 1776New YorkU.S. forces forced to retreat to Manhattan, then New Jersey
TrentonDecember 1776New JerseyHessian army crushed in Washington's raid across the Delaware River. Casualties: U.S. :4, British: 900
PrincetonJanuary 1777New JerseyU.S. recovers New Jersey from British in 10 days. British retreat to New New York, where they remain for the war.
Brandywine Creek
September 1777
October 1777
PennsylvaniaBritish seize Philadelphia after these victories
SaratogaOctober 17, 1777Upstate New YorkTurning point of war. Convinced French of U.S. strength. Burgoyne surrenders 5800 men.
MonmouthJune 1778New JerseyU.S. army almost captured British but cowardice allowed British forces to escape
SavannahDecember 1778GeorgiaBeginning of British push in the South
VincennesFebruary 1779Western territoriesClark captures British forts which proved important in negotiations with British after the war
CharlestonDecember 1779South CarolinaBritish gain control of South with victory here
King's MountainOctober 1780South CarolinaBloody victory for U.S.
YorktownOctober 19, 1781VirginiaCornwallis surrenders to Washington as French and American forces trap British on peninsula.

Please cite this source when appropriate:

Feldmeth, Greg D. "U.S. History Resources" (31 March 1998).

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