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1781 – Battle of Guilford Court House

15 March

The Battle of Guilford Court House was a fought on this day in 1781, at a site which is now in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, during the American Revolutionary War. A 2,100-man British force under the command of Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis defeated Major General Nathanael Greene’s 4,500 Americans. The British Army, however, lost a considerable number of men during the battle with estimates as high as 27%. Such heavy British casualties resulted in a strategic victory for the Americans. Continue reading “1781 – Battle of Guilford Court House”

1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre

8 March

The Gnadenhutten massacre, was the killing of 96 Christian Lenape (Delaware) by colonial American militia from Pennsylvania on this day in 1782 at the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenhutten, Ohio during the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading “1782 – Gnadenhutten massacre”

1779 – American Revolutionary War

3 March

The Battle of Brier Creek was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on this day in 1779 near the confluence of Brier Creek with the Savannah River in eastern Georgia. Continue reading “1779 – American Revolutionary War”

1787 – Shays’s Rebellion: The rebellion’s largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory

25 January

Shays Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (called Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices and suspension of civil rights by Massachusetts, and in a later attempt to capture the United States’ national weapons arsenal at the U.S. Armoury at Springfield. Continue reading “1787 – Shays’s Rebellion: The rebellion’s largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory”

1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge

9 December

The Battle of Great Bridge was fought on this day in 1775, in the area of Great Bridge, Virginia, early in the American Revolutionary War. The victory by Continental Army and militia forces led to the departure of Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power from the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict. Continue reading “1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge”

1779 – Siege of Savannah begins

16 September – On this day

The siege consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, from 16 September to 18 October, 1779. Continue reading “1779 – Siege of Savannah begins”

1776 – Battle of Harlem Heights

16 September – On this day

The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The action took place in what is now the Morningside Heights  of north-western Manhattan Island in New York Town on this day in 1776. Continue reading “1776 – Battle of Harlem Heights”

1777 – Battle of Brandywine

11 September – On this day

The Battle of Brandywine was fought between the American army of General George Washington and the British army of General Sir William Howe on this day in 1777. The British defeated the Americans and forced them to withdraw toward the American capital of Philadelphia. The engagement occurred near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania during Howe’s campaign to take Philadelphia, part of the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading “1777 – Battle of Brandywine”

1776 – Congress renames the nation …

9 September – On this day

In 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the “United States” of America. This replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use. Continue reading “1776 – Congress renames the nation …”

1783 – Treaty of Paris signed

3 September – On this day

The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris. Continue reading “1783 – Treaty of Paris signed”

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