The American Revolutionary War

Historical Events

  • 1771-05-16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1773-10-14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1775-05-17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada

Historic Event

1775-06-14 US Army first forms as the Continental Army to fight American Revolutionary War

Historic Event

1775-09-25 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

  • 1775-12-31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
  • 1776-03-04 American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts

United States Declaration of Independence

1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

  • 1776-10-11 Brigadier-General Arnold's Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British during the Battle of Valcour Island (American Revolutionary War)

Victory in Battle

1776-12-26 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

  • 1777-03-08 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt
  • 1777-07-07 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • 1777-08-16 American militiamen defeat British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont, during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1777-09-03 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-10-17 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1779-06-20 Battle of Stono Ferry fought near Charleston, South Carolina (American Revolutionary War)

Historic Siege

1779-10-09 Siege of Savannah (Georgia) during American Revolutionary War: Continental Army General Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (a type of cluster munition), dies two days later

Historic Event

1780-07-10 The Comte de Rochambeau and his French force of 7,000 land at Newport, Rhode Island, to join the American Revolutionary War

  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War
  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence

Victory in Battle

1781-09-05 American Revolutionary War: French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British forces under Admiral Graves at the Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] and trap Cornwallis

Surrender at Yorktown

1781-10-09 Americans under George Washington and the French under comte de Rochambeau begin bombardment of Yorktown, the last battle of American Revolutionary War

  • 1782-02-05 British garrison in Menorca (western Mediterranean) surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War

Great Siege of Gibraltar

1783-02-07 Great Siege of Gibraltar launched by France and Spain against the British colony during American War of Independence is lifted after 3 years and 7 months

  • 1783-04-11 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War [1]
  • 1783-09-03 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
  • 1783-11-02 General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War

Famous Birthdays

  • 1718-01-07 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1718-04-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, born in Scituate, Rhode Island (d. 1802)
  • 1723-02-24 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), born in Sutton, England (d. 1792)

Samuel Hood

1724-12-12 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Butleigh, England (d. 1816)

  • 1726-01-17 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), born in Rosehearty, Scotland (d. 1777)
  • 1726-12-04 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1783)
  • 1727-11-26 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (d. 1800)

William Howe

1729-08-10 William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, British Military Leader (commander of British forces in the American Revolutionary War), born in England (d. 1814)

Benjamin Lincoln

1733-01-24 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1810)

Ethan Allen

1738-01-10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

  • 1738-12-02 Richard Montgomery, Irish General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, born in Swords, Dublin (d. 1775)

Charles Cornwallis

1738-12-31 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), born in London (d. 1805)

Benedict Arnold

1741-01-14 Benedict Arnold, American general and turncoat (American Revolutionary War), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1801)

Nathanael Greene

1742-08-07 Nathanael Greene, American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Potowomut, Rhode Island (d. 1786)

  • 1744-09-20 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)

Casimir Pulaski

1747-03-06 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader, known as "the father of American cavalry', born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1779) [some source give date as March 4]

  • 1750-05-02 John AndrĂ©, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, born in London (d. 1780)

Nathan Hale

1755-06-06 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)


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Famous Weddings

Ethan Allen

1784-02-16 American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

Famous Deaths

  • 1775-12-31 Richard Montgomery, Irish General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec at 37
  • 1776-07-01 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • 1776-12-26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-01-12 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), dies of his wounds at the Battle of Princeton at 50
  • 1779-01-22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • 1780-09-08 Enoch Poor, American Revolutionary War general, dies at 44
  • 1780-10-02 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • 1783-01-15 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), dies at 57

Nathanael Greene

1786-06-19 Nathanael Greene, American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

Ethan Allen

1789-02-12 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

  • 1790-05-29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1792-06-04 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 70
  • 1795-02-27 Francis Marion, American military officer (pioneered guerrilla warfare during the American Revolutionary War), died around the age of 63
  • 1800-10-28 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 72

Benedict Arnold

1801-06-14 Benedict Arnold, American general and turncoat (American Revolutionary War), dies of delirium in London at 60

  • 1802-02-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, dies at 83

Charles Cornwallis

1805-10-05 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), dies of fever at 66

  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

Benjamin Lincoln

1810-05-09 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 77

William Howe

1814-07-12 William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, British Military Leader (commander of British forces in the American Revolutionary War), dies at 84

  • 1825-07-11 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)