Today in American Revolutionary War History

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 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

USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
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Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
  • 1776-10-11 Brigadier-General Arnold's Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British during the Battle of Valcour Island (American Revolutionary War)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1779-10-09 Siege of Savannah during American Revolutionary War: Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (dies 11 or 15 March)

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau
  • 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 battleVictory 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

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood

Victory in BattleSurrender 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
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'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
  • 1782-02-05 British garrison in Menorca surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War

Battle of InterestGreat 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
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Detailed view of combat during the siege
Detailed view of combat during the siege
  • 1783-04-11 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War
  • 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)

Person of interestSamuel 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)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 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)

Person of interestWilliam 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)

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe

Person of interestBenjamin 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)

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln

Person of interestEthan Allen

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

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

Person of interestCharles 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)

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis

Person of interestBenedict Arnold

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

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold

Person of interestNathanael Greene

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

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
  • 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)

Person of interestCasimir Pulaski

1747-03-06 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader (called the father of American cavalry), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1779)

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

Person of interestNathan 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)

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

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)
  • 1780-10-02 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

Person of interestNathanael Greene

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

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

Person of interestEthan Allen

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

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 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

Person of interestBenedict Arnold

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

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

Person of interestCharles 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

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

Person of interestBenjamin Lincoln

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

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln

Person of interestWilliam Howe

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

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