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Revolutionary War 1777 – 1783

January 3, 1777 – A second victory for Washington as his troops defeat the British at Princeton and drive them back toward New Brunswick. Washington then establishes winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey. During the harsh winter, Washington's army shrinks … Continue reading

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Siege of Yorktown

Battle of Yorktown — The War's End September 1781 – October 19, 1781 MIRACULOUS CONVERGENCE "The first necessity [of the Yorktown campaign] was to arrange the meeting of French naval and American land forces on the Virginia coast at a … Continue reading

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2d Virginia Regiment

LINEAGE [Wright, Continental Army, pp. 283-285] Authorized 21 August 1775 in the Virginia State Troops as the 2d Virginia Regiment Organized 21 October 1775 at Williamsburg to consist of seven companies Adopted 1 November 1775 into the Continental Army Reorganized … Continue reading

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Southern Campaign

The British Strategy By 1778, British and American combatants in the north were stalemated, and a quick end to the Revolutionary War was doubtful. The British now rekindled a plan for putting down the rebellion by first controlling the southern … Continue reading

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Overmountain Men

History In the summer of 1780, the Southern American colonies – and hopes of independence – seemed at the mercy of an invading British army. Believing the Southern colonies mostly loyal, the Royal army planned to conquer the South and … Continue reading

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Captain Samuel Martin at King’s Mountain

RESEARCHER’S NOTES: Participation of Captain Samuel Martin in the Battle of King’s Mountain. During the latter part of August and the whole of September, Captain Martin was rarely at home, and then not remaining for more than two days at … Continue reading

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The Battle of Kings Mountain

On October 7, 1780, in the rolling hills of northern South Carolina, a small army of men under the command of a British officer, Major Patrick Ferguson, was overtaken and defeated by a group that had been assembled from the … Continue reading

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Guilford Courthouse

(1781) Despite the fact the Battle of Guilford Court House is a tactile draw, it remains a victory for the Americans as the British have been worn down so much that they will make a fateful retreat to Yorktown, Virginia. … Continue reading

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Cowpens

(1781) The Loyalist defeat at King's Mountain two month earlier had revived the Patriot effort for the war in the South. The Army had a new Southern Department commander in the Quaker Nathaniel Greene. Greene was determined to fight, but … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War – Chronology of Events

Chronology of Events Regular type= Crown victory. Bold type= Rebel victory.Italic type= non-confrontational event or non-decisive battle. {ln:Timeline 'Revolutionary War 1777-1783}a detailed timeline, with images Prelude to War 1760 to 1775 1760 King George III ascends to the throne of … Continue reading

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