Important Dates of the
American Revolutionary War

 

Year

Date

Event

1763

7-Oct

 Proclamation of 1763

1764

5-Apr

 The Sugar Act

1764

1-Sep

 The Currency Act

1765

22-Mar

 The Stamp Act

1765

24-Mar

 The Quartering Act of 1765

1765

29-May

 Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech

1765

30-May

 The Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions

1765

7-Oct

 The Stamp Act Congress (October 7-25)

1766

18-Mar

 The Declaratory Act

1767

29-Jun

 The Townshend Revenue Act

1768

1-Aug

 Boston Non-Importation Agreement

1770

5-Mar

 The Boston Massacre

1772

9-Jun

 The Gaspee Affair

1773

10-May

 The Tea Act

1773

16-Dec

 The Boston Tea Party

1774

31-Mar

 Boston Port Act, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

1774

20-May

 Administration of Justice Act, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

1774

20-May

 Massachusetts Government Act, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

1774

2-Jun

 Quartering Act of 1774, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

1774

22-Jun

 Quebec Act, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

1774

5-Sep

 The First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia and issues Declaration and Resolves (Sep 5 - Oct 26)

1774

10-Oct

 Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia (disputed as to whether it was a battle of the American Revolution or the culmination of Lord Dunmore's War)

1774

20-Oct

 The Association (prohibition of trade with Great Britain)

1774

24-Oct

 Galloway's Plan rejected

1775

23-Mar

 Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech

1775

18-Apr

 The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes

1775

19-Apr

 Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord, "the shot heard 'round the world."

1775

10-May

 Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys seize Fort Ticonderoga

1775

10-May

 The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia

1775

15-Jun

 George Washington named Commander-in-Chief

1775

17-Jun

 Battle of Bunker Hill ( The British drive the Americans from Breed's Hill)

1775

3-Jul

 Washington assumes command of the Continental Army

1775

13-Nov

 Richard Montgomery's Continental Army forces occupy Montreal in Canada

1775

11-Dec

 Virginia and NC patriots rout Loyalist troops and burn Norfolk

1775

22-Dec

 Colonel Thomson with 1,500 rangers and militia capture Loyalists at Great Canebrake, SC

1775

23-Dec

 Snow Campaign, in SC, so called because patriots are impeded by 15" of snow (Dec 23-30)

1775

30-Dec

 American forces under Benedict Arnold fail to seize Quebec (Dec 30-31)

1776

1-Jan

 Daniel Morgan is taken prisoner during his attempt to take Quebec City

1776

15-Jan

 Paine's Common Sense published

1776

27-Feb

 Revolutionaries drive the loyalists from Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina

1776

3-Mar

 The Continental fleet captures New Providence Island in the Bahamas

1776

17-Mar

 The British evacuate Boston; British Navy moves to Halifax, Canada

1776

8-Jun

 Revolutionaries fail to take Three Rivers, Quebec

1776

12-Jun

 The Virginia Declaration of Rights

1776

28-Jun

 Sullivan's Island, SC, failed British naval attack

1776

28-Jun

 American forces decisively defeat the British Navy at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina

1776

29-Jun

 The First Virginia Constitution

1776

1-Jul

 At the instigation of British agents, the Cherokee attack along the entire southern frontier

1776

4-Jul

 Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence; it's sent to the printer

1776

8-Jul

 The Declaration of Independence is read publicly

1776

15-Jul

 Lyndley's Fort, SC, Patriots fend off attack by Indians and Tories dressed as Indians

1776

1-Aug

 Ambushed by Cherokees, Patriots are saved by a mounted charge at Seneca, SC

1776

2-Aug

 Delegates begin to sign The Declaration of Independence

1776

10-Aug

 Tugaloo River, SC, Andrew Pickens defeats Cherokees

1776

12-Aug

 Andrew Pickens' detachment surrounded by 185 Cherokee Indians, forms a ring and fires outward. It is known as the "Ring Fight."

1776

12-Aug

 Colonel David Williamson and Andrew Pickens burn Tamassy, an Indian town

1776

27-Aug

 Redcoats defeat George Washington's army in the Battle of Long Island. Washington's army escapes at night.

1776

15-Sep

 The British occupy New York City

1776

16-Sep

 Generals George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Israel Putnam triumphantly hold their ground at the Battle of Harlem Heights

1776

19-Sep

 Colonel David Williamson's Pennsylvania militia forces attacked by Cherokees at Coweecho River, NC

1776

11-Oct

 Benedict Arnold defeated at the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain), but delayed British advance

1776

28-Oct

 The Americans retreat from White Plains, New York. British casualties (~300) higher than American (~200).

1776

16-Nov

 The Hessians capture Fort Washington, NY

1776

20-Nov

 Lord Cornwallis captures Fort Lee from Nathanael Greene

1776

26-Dec

 Washington crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton from Hessians

1777

3-Jan

 Washington victorious at Princeton

1777

6-Jan

 Washington winters in Morristown, NJ (Jan 6 - May 28)

1777

27-Apr

 Benedict Arnold's troops force a British retreat at Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1777

20-May

 Treaty of DeWitt's Corner, SC ( Cherokees lose most of their land east of the mountains)

1777

14-Jun

 Flag Resolution

1777

5-Jul

 St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British

1777

27-Jul

 Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia

1777

6-Aug

 The Redcoats, with Iroquois support, force the patriots back at Oriskany, NY, but then have to evacuate

1777

16-Aug

 American Militia under General Stark victorious at the Battle of Bennington, VT (actually fought in Walloomsac, New York, several miles to the west)

1777

23-Aug

 British withdraw from Fort Stanwix, NY, upon hearing of Benedict Arnold's approach

1777

25-Aug

 British General Howe lands at Head of Elk, Maryland

1777

11-Sep

 The British win the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania

1777

16-Sep

 Rainout at the Battle of the Clouds, Pennsylvania

1777

19-Sep

 Burgoyne checked by Americans under Gates at Freeman's Farm, NY. This is part of the "Battles of Saratoga."

1777

21-Sep

 Paoli Massacre, PA

1777

26-Sep

 British under Howe occupy Philadelphia

1777

4-Oct

 Americans driven off at the Battle of Germantown

1777

7-Oct

 Burgoyne loses second battle of Freeman's Farm, NY (at Bemis Heights). This is part of the "Battles of Saratoga."

1777

17-Oct

 Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY

1777

22-Oct

 Hessian attack on Fort Mercer, NJ repulsed

1777

16-Nov

 British capture Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania

1777

5-Dec

 Americans repulse British at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania (Dec 5-7)

1777

19-Dec

 Washington's army retires to winter quarters at Valley Forge

1778

6-Feb

 The United States and France sign the French Alliance

1778

7-Mar

 British General William Howe replaced by Henry Clinton

1778

20-May

 Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania. Lafayette with 500 men and about 50 Oneida Indians successfully evade British onslaught

1778

18-Jun

 British abandon Philadelphia and return to New York

1778

19-Jun

 Washington's army leaves Valley Forge

1778

28-Jun

 The Battle of Monmouth Court House ends in a draw

1778

4-Jul

 George Rogers Clark captures Kaskaskia, a French village south of St. Louis

1778

8-Aug

 French and American forces besiege Newport, RI

1778

28-Sep

 The Tappan Massacre ("No Flint" Grey kills 30 Americans by bayonet)

1778

29-Dec

 The redcoats occupy Savannah

1779

3-Feb

 Major General Moultrie defeats British detachment at Port Royal Island, SC

1779

14-Feb

 Patriots Andrew Pickens and Elijah Clarke beat Loyalists at Kettle Creek, GA

1779

23-Feb

 American George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (in what is now Indiana) on the Wabash in the Western campaign (Feb 23-24)

1779

3-Mar

 British Lt. Colonel Jacques Marcus Prévost defeats Americans under General John Ashe at Brier Creek, GA

1779

11-May

 Major General Augustin Prévost breaks his siege when American forces under Major General Lincoln approach (May 11–13)

1779

20-Jun

 Stono River, SC, Major General Lincoln inflicts extensive British casualties in indecisive battle

1779

21-Jun

 Spain declares war on Great Britain

1779

8-Jul

 Fairfield, CT, burned by British

1779

11-Jul

 Norwalk, CT, burned by British

1779

15-Jul

 American "Mad" Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, NY (July 15-16)

1779

19-Aug

 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee attacks Paulus Hook, NJ

1779

29-Aug

 Newtown, NY, after two massacres, American forces burn Indian villages

1779

23-Sep

 John Paul Jones, aboard the Bonhomme Richard, captures British man-of-war Serapis near English coast

1779

9-Oct

 American attempt to recapture Savannah, GA fails

1780

12-May

 British capture Charleston, SC

1780

29-May

 British crush Americans at Waxhaw Creek, SC

1780

20-Jun

 Patriots rout Tories at Ramseur's Mill, NC

1780

11-Jul

 French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause

1780

6-Aug

 Patriots defeat Tories at Hanging Rock, SC

1780

16-Aug

 British rout Americans at Camden, SC

1780

23-Sep

 John André arrested, leading to the exposure of Benedict Arnold's plans to cede West Point to the British

1780

7-Oct

 King's Mountain, SC ( battle lasts 65 minutes. American troops led by Isaac Shelby and John Sevier defeat Major Patrick Ferguson and one third of General Cornwallis's army)

1780

14-Oct

 Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army

1781

1-Jan

 Mutiny of unpaid Pennsylvania soldiers

1781

17-Jan

 American General Daniel Morgan overwhelmingly defeats British Colonel Tarleton at Cowpens, SC

1781

1-Feb

 The Battle of Cowan's Ford, Huntersville, NC

1781

2-Mar

 Articles of Confederation adopted

1781

15-Mar

 British win costly victory at Guilford Courthouse, NC

1781

25-Apr

 Greene defeated at Hobkirk's Hill, SC

1781

15-May

 British Major Andrew Maxwell cedes Fort Granby, SC to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lee

1781

6-Jun

 Americans recapture Augusta, GA

1781

18-Jun

 British hold off Americans at Ninety Six, SC

1781

6-Jul

 "Mad" Anthony Wayne repulsed at Green Springs Farm, VA

1781

8-Sep

 Greene defeated at Eutaw Springs, SC

1781

15-Sep

 French fleet drives British naval force from Chesapeake Bay

1781

19-Oct

 Cornwallis surrounded on land and sea by Americans and French and surrenders at Yorktown, VA

1782

8-Mar

 Gnadenhutten massacre, a.k.a. the Moravian massacre.

1782

20-Mar

 Lord North resigns as British prime minister

1782

11-Jul

 British evacuate Savannah, GA

1782

30-Nov

 British and Americans sign preliminary Articles of Peace

1782

14-Dec

 British leave Charleston, SC

1783

19-Apr

 Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty

1783

3-Sep

 The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris

1783

25-Nov

 British troops leave New York City

1783

23-Dec

 Washington resigns as Commander

1787

17-Sep

 U.S. Constitution signed

1788

21-Jun

 U.S. Constitution adopted, when New Hampshire ratifies it

 

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