Revolutionary War Timeline
Important Events from when George Washington became Commander of the Continental Army to the Battle of Yorktown
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June 1775: George Washington becomes commander of the Continental Army.
March 1776 The Continental Army led by Washington makes the British retreat from Boston.
July 1776 British General William Howe arrived with an army in New York
December 1776 Washington's troops row across the Delaware River to attack British recruited Hessian mercenaries.
June 1777 British General Burgoyne leaves Canada with Hessian Mercenaries, Iroquois, and British troops.
September 1777 Howe defeats Washington at the battle of Brandywine
Summer 1777 British General St. Leger's forces are held back by American militias.
August 1777 Benedict Arnold chases away larger British army using false information and making his army seem larger.
August 16, 1777 Burgoyne's raiding party is badly defeated by New England forces.
1780 Benedict Arnold betrays Continental forces by trying to turn over a fort to the British but is caught.
1776 France begins to give secret aid to American Forces
1778 France signs 2 treaties with the Americans, formally joining their side of the war by declaring war on Britain
1779 France convinces its ally Spain to aid American forces.
1781 Spanish General Bernardo de Galvez swiftly captures British held Pensacola in West Florida
1780 Baron de Kalb dies from wounds in the Battle of Camden
1778 Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian commander, trains a company of 100 American troops in the art of modern warfare.
1777 Howe makes Washington retreat from Philadelphia
Winter of 1777-1778 George Washington's army camps in Valley Forge for the winter.
1778 George Rogers Clark captures Kaskaskia post without a fight
1777 Britain blockades the American coast from Atlantic Trade Routes with 100 ships
1779 John Paul Jones defeats the British ship "Serapis"
1778 Britian begins to move the war southwards
December 1778 British army captures the port of Savanna, Georgia
1780 Loyalist and Patriot militias clash at the Battle of Kings Mountain, resulting in a decisive patriot victory.
1781 British General Cornwallis sets base at Yorktown.
August 1781 A large French fleet blockades Cheapsake bay.
October 19,1781 Cornwallis surrenders with a force of 8000 men, effectively ending the war in North America
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