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vania Nov., 1776 Eight thousand British troops land and take possession of Rhode IslandNov. 28, 1776 Washington with his forces crosses the Delaware into PennsylvaniaDec. 8, 1776 Sir Peter Parker takes possession of Rhode Island, and blockades the American fleet at ProvidenceDec. 8, 1776 Maj.-Gen. Charles Lee captured by British at Baskingridge, N. J.Dec. 12 1776 Battle of Trenton, N. J. Dec. 26, 1776 Congress resolves to send commissioners to the courts of Vienna, Spain, Prussia, and Tuscany Dec. 30, 1776 Battle of Princeton Jan. 3, 1777 Washington's army encamps for the winter at Morristown Jan., 1777 Americans under General Maxwell capture Elizabethtown, N. J. Jan. 23, 1777 Letters of marque and reprisal granted by England against American shipsFeb. 6, 1777 Five vessels belonging to a British supply fleet are sunk near Amboy, N. J. Feb. 26, 1777 Vermont declares itself an independent State, Jan., 1777, and presents a petition to Congress for admission into the confedera
Fort Clinton (New York, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
ral Arnold sent to relieve Fort Schuyler, invested by British under St. Leger, who retreats and returns to Montreal Aug. 22, 1777 Battle of Brandywine, Washington defeatedSept. 11, 1777 Count Pulaski commissioned brigadier-general by Congress Sept. 15, 1777 Battle of Stillwater, N. Y.; indecisiveSept. 19, 1777 Three hundred of Wayne's troops slaughtered at Paoli Sept. 20-21, 1777 British army occupies PhiladelphiaSept. 27, 1777 Battle of Germantown; Americans repulsed Oct. 4, 1777 Forts Clinton and Montgomery captured by the BritishOct. 6, 1777 Battle of Saratoga, N. Y. Oct. 7, 1777 General Burgoyne's army surrendersOct. 17, 1777 Successful defence of Fort Mifflin and Fort Mercer Oct. 22-23, 1777 Congress creates a new board of war, General Gates presiding Oct., 1777 Articles of Confederation adoptedNov. 15, 1777 Forts Mifflin and Mercer besieged by the British and captured Nov. 16-20, 1777 Congress recommends to the several States to raise by taxes $5,000,000 for the su
Castine (Maine, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
he States for their quotas of $15,000,000 for the year, and $6,000,000 annually for eighteen years to follow as a sinking-fundJan. 2, 1779 Vincennes, Ind., captured by the British Jan., 1779 British under General McLane take possession of Castine, Me Jan. 12, 1779 British under Major Gardiner driven from Port Royal Island by General Moultrie Feb. 3, 1779 Franklin commissioned sole minister plenipotentiary to France, and Adams recalled Feb., 1779 Battle of Kettle Creek, Ga., American vda May, 1781 Cornwallis joins Arnold at Petersburg, Va. May 20, 1781 Augusta, Ga., taken by Colonel Clark, Sept. 14, 1780; retaken by British, Sept. 17, 1780; capitulates to Americans June 5, 1781 General Wadsworth captured, and imprisoned at Castine, Me June 18, 1781 British abandon Fort Ninety-six June 21, 1781 Jonas Fay, Ira Allen, and Bazaleel Woodward appointed to represent the cause of Vermont in the Continental Congress June 22, 1781 General Lafayette attacks Cornwallis, near Green
Holland (Netherlands) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
arrytown.Sept. 23, 1780 Arnold escapes to the British vessel Vulture Sept. 24, 1780 Battle of Charlotte, N. C. Sept. 26, 1780 Andre convicted as a spy by military board, Gen. Nathanael Greene, president, Sept. 29, and hung at Tappan, N. Y. Oct. 2, 1780 Congress votes John Paulding, David Williams, and Isaac Van Wart, cap- tors of Andre, its thanks, a silver medal, and a pension of $200 each yearly, for life Oct., 1780 Henry Laurens, minister from United States, seized on his way to Holland by a British frigate, Sept. 3, and imprisoned in the Tower of LondonOct. 6, 1780 Battle of King's Mountain, S. C.Oct. 7, 1780 Congress resolves that western lands to be ceded shall be formed into republican States, and become equal members of the Union Oct. 10, 1780 Gen. Nathanael Greene appointed to command of the armies in the South, superseding General Gates Oct. 14, 1780 Col. John Laurens appointed a special minister to France to secure a loanDec., 1780 Pennsylvania troops break ca
Hudson River (Maryland, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
StateAug. 20, 1781 Combined armies of Americans and French start for Yorktown, Va., from the Hudson River Aug. 25, 1781 Count de Grasse, with the French fleet, arrives in the Chesapeake Aug. 30, 178their positive weakness and easy conquest. It contemplated the seizure of the valleys of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, and the establishment of a line of military posts between the mouth of thed the French forces, which had lain idle at Newport many months, to move immediately for the Hudson River, to form a junction with the Continental army there under Washington. A part of them moved oAmericans were encamped on Valentine's Hill, in two lines, with the right wing resting on the Hudson River near the ferry. The French army was stationed on the hills at the left, in a single line, retil noon. Early in the morning Mrs. Day, who kept a boarding-house in Murray Street, near the Hudson River, ran up the American flag upon a pole at the gable end of her house, Cunningham, the British
Concord (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
icient in Massachusetts, because no civil officer would sanction its employment, the crown lawyers decided that such power belonged to the governor; and Lord Dartmouth, secretary of state for the colonies, ordered General Gage, in case the inhabitants should not obey his commands, to bid the troops to fire upon them at his discretion. He was assured that all trials of officers or troops in America for murder would, by a recent act, be removed to England. The skirmishes at Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775), stirred society in the colonies as it was never stirred before. There was a spontaneous resolution to environ Boston with an army of Provincials that should confine the British to the peninsula. For this purpose New Hampshire voted 2,000 men, with Folsom and Stark as chief commanders. Connecticut voted 6,000, with Spencer as chief and Putnam as second. Rhode Island voted 1,500, with Greene as their leader; and Massachusetts voted 13,600 men. The people there seemed to r
York (Virginia, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
til Sept. 2 that he was satisfied that the allies were marching against Cornwallis. On the arrival of a body of Hessians at New York, he had countermanded an order for the earl to send him troops, and for this he was now thankful. On Sept. 5, while the allies were encamped at Chester, Pa., Washington was informed that De Grasse had entered Chesapeake Bay. In that event he saw a sure prophecy of success. De Grasse had moored his fleet in Lynn Haven Bay, and so barred the entrance to the York River against reinforcements for Cornwallis. He had landed 3,000 troops on the peninsula, near old Jamestown. Meanwhile De Barras had sailed for Newport with a fleet convoying ten transports laden with ordnance for the siege of Yorktown. The British admiral, Graves, on hearing of the approach of the French fleet, had sailed for the Chesapeake. De Grasse went out to meet him, and on Sept. 5 they had a sharp engagement. The British fleet was so shattered that it retired to New York, leaving
Norwalk (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
k, Ga., American victory Feb. 14, 1779 Americans under Major Clarke capture Vincennes Feb. 20, 1779 Battle of Brier Creek, Ga., British victory March 3, 1779 Salt works at Horseneck, Conn., destroyed by General TryonMarch 26, 1779 American ministers recalled, except at Versailles and Madrid April, 1779 Americans repulsed at Stono Ferry, S. C.June 20, 1779 Spain declares war against Great Britain June, 1779 British under Tryon plunder New Haven, July 5, and burn Fairfield, July 8, and Norwalk July 12, 1779 Americans under Wayne take by storm Fort Stony Point, N. Y. July 16, 1779 Expedition against the British at Fort Casting, Me., repulsed July 25, 1779 American fleet arrive at Penobscot, July 25, and are dispersed by British fleet Aug. 13, 1779 Congress agrees to a basis of terms for a peace with Great BritainAug. 14, 1779 General Sullivan's campaign against the Six Nations; the Indian villages of the Genesee Valley destroyedJuly-Sept., 1779 British fleet at Tybee capture
Chester, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): entry revolutionary-war
ied armies had crossed the Hudson (Aug. 23 and 24) and were marching through New Jersey, he believed the movement to be only a feint to cover a sudden descent upon the city with an overwhelming force. It was not until Sept. 2 that he was satisfied that the allies were marching against Cornwallis. On the arrival of a body of Hessians at New York, he had countermanded an order for the earl to send him troops, and for this he was now thankful. On Sept. 5, while the allies were encamped at Chester, Pa., Washington was informed that De Grasse had entered Chesapeake Bay. In that event he saw a sure prophecy of success. De Grasse had moored his fleet in Lynn Haven Bay, and so barred the entrance to the York River against reinforcements for Cornwallis. He had landed 3,000 troops on the peninsula, near old Jamestown. Meanwhile De Barras had sailed for Newport with a fleet convoying ten transports laden with ordnance for the siege of Yorktown. The British admiral, Graves, on hearing of
amin Franklin, Thomas Johnson, John Dickinson, and John Jay, appointed by Congress a committee for secret correspondence with friends of America in Great Britain, Ireland, and other foreign nations Nov. 29, 1775 Battle of Great Bridge, Va. Dec. 9, 1775 Congress appoints Silas Deane, John Langdon, and Christopher Gadsden, a commitety for supporting the Bill of Rights, that the liberties of Great Britain and America might alike be protected, wrote members of the South Carolina Assembly. In Ireland, the dispute with America aroused Grattan, and he began his splendid career at about this time. The English toilers in the manufacturing districts longed to enjothe yet mysterious Junius to the King, that the people of this country will long submit to be governed by so flexible a House of Commons? The oppressed people of Ireland give you every day fresh marks of their resentment. The colonists left their native land for freedom and found it in a desert. Looking forward to independence,
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