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Battles of the
American War of Independence
1775-1783

Forces and Casualties - British numbers from official figures - Rebel numbers a multi-source average
Flag
Armies
Max for an Area
Peak Total
KIA
Died of Disease
Civilian dead
Total Dead
POW
WIA
MIA
British 12,270 15,200 3,500 1,175 - 4,675 6,225 1,240 270
Loyalist 2,950 5,200 2,970 250 25,000 28,220 2,570 300 450
Hessian 10,765 10,765 3,550 2,150 - 5,700 6,470 810 1,250
Subtotal
Patriot 19,000 46,500 7,000 10,000
6,000 23,000 20,000 8,500 12,500
French 9,800 34,500 750 100 - 850 - 250 50
Spanish 2,500 8,000 450 25 - 475 - 25 -
TOTAL
Land Battles ( minor skirmishes omitted )
Note: For the various regiments involved in each battle see T.F.Mills webpage at regiments.org
Date Battle Brief Synopsis
Flag Denotes Victor
1770 Mar. 5 Boston 'Massacre'
Insurgency contrive a situation where British soldiers shoot dead 5 civilians
Area Map

Campaigns in the North Eastern Colonies

1775 Apr. 19 Lexington Concord
[Massachusetts]
British try to seize rebel gunpower but shots fired at both sides start the war
1775 Apr. 20 Hanover
[Massachusetts]
British soldiers attacked at courthouse
1775 Apr. 19
(to 1776 Jun. 3)
Boston (Siege)
[Massachusetts]
British trapped in Boston
1775 May 5 Martha's Vineyard
[Massachusetts]
Rebels force islanders into enlisting
1775 May 10 Fort Ticonderoga &Crown Point
[New York] (Lake Champlain)
Green Mountain boys (louts) raid Forts seizing cannon to use against British
1775 June 17 Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill)
[Massachusetts]
British lose 25 officers & 226 regulars with 803 wounded in a pyretic victory
1776 June 3 - British besieged for 58 weeks evacuated the City along with 8,800 Loyalists
1775 July 31 Great Brewster Island
[Massachusetts]
Rebels attack lighthouse repair crew
1775 Nov. 9 Lechmere Point
[Massachusetts]
Rebels attack British foraging party
1776 Apr. 6 Block Island
[Massachusetts]
HMS Glasgow carrying secret papers fights off several large rebel warships
Campaign Map
1776 Aug. 27 Long Island (Brooklyn)
[New York]
British take gloves off to liberate New York - rebels lose 40% of their army
1776 Aug. 28 Jamaica
[New York]
British capture rebel outpost
1776 Sept. 13 Montresor's Island
[New York]
British thwart attempt to retake island
1776 Sept. 15 Kips Bay
[New York]
British advance & rebels fall back
1776 Sept. 16 Harlem Heights
[New York]
Rebels lose last toehold in Manhatten
1776 Oct. 12-18 Throg's Point
[New York]
British land behind outflanked rebels
1776 Oct. 18 Pell's Point (Eastchester)
[New York]
Rebels are out manoeuvred again
1776 Oct. 22 Mamaroneck
[New York]
Rebels again get pushed further north
1776 Oct. 28 Whites Plains
[New York]
Rebels squander initial success & then were only saved by torrential rain
1776 Nov. 16-18 Forts Washington & Lee
[New York]
Fort surrenders & British capture 2900 men with considerable supplies & arms
1776 Dec. 8 Newport
[Rhode Island]
6000 British land unopposed
1776 Dec. 13 Basking Ridge
[New Jersey]
Loyalists capture Gen. Lee at tavern
1776 Dec. 14 Fleming
[New Jersey]
After being beaten, rebels retreat across the Delaware to Bucks county
1776 Dec. 26 Trenton
[New Jersey]
Washington marches his threadbare army to cross a frozen Delaware and take a drunken Hessian staging post
1777 Jan. 3 Princeton
[New Jersey]
Resurgent rebels destroy British base
1777 Jan. 17-25 Fort Independence
[New Jersey]
6000 rebels attacking 2000 Hessians get caught behind by 500 Loyalists
1777 Mar. 23-24 Peekskill
[New Jersey]
British try & fail to raid a rebel store
1777 Apr. 13 Bound Brook
[New Jersey]
Successful British raid on rebel stores
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1777 Apr. 25 Danbury
[Connecticut]
With Long Island's growing numbers British get supplies from Connecticut
1777 Apr. 27 Ridgefield
[Connecticut]
British extend presence in Connecticut
1777 Apr. 28 Compo Hill (Crompo Hill)
[Connecticut]
Bayonet charge scatters rebel attack
1777 May 10 Pisquata
[New Jersey]
Suprise rebel attack driven off
1777 May 23-24 Sag Harbor
[New York]
British foraging party caught off guard
1777 Jun 22 Brunswick
[New Jersey]
Attack on Hessian rear guard failed
1777 June 26 Short Hills
[New Jersey]
Rebels kept slipping the net
1777 Aug 22 Staten Island
[New York]
Concerted rebel attack driven off
1777 Aug 23 Setauket
[Long Island New York]
500 rebels attack 150 Loyalists but are repelled and are forced back
1777 Sept. 3 Cooch's Bridge
[New Jersey]
In an attempt to block the British advance the rebels retreated in stages
Campaign Map

Philadelphia Campaign

1777 Sept. 11 Brandywine
[Pennsylania]
British victory, rebels lose 40% of men
1777 Sept. 16 Warren Tavern
[Pennsylania]
Wayne's men clash briefly with British
1777 Sept. 20 Paoli Tavern
[Pennsylania]
'No flint' Grey mounts a night attack
1777 Oct. 2 Billingsport
[Pennsylania]
British defeat an attempt to block the use of Chesapeake River for supplies
1777 Oct. 4 Germantown
[Pennsylania]
Despite rebels outnumbering the British 3 to 1 their attack goes badly wrong
1777 Sept. 11 - Oct. 4 Philadelphia -(Seat of Congress)
[Pennsylania]
Albeit Revolutionary Headquaters the self appointed cuckoo is forced out & most saw the British as liberators here
1777 Oct. 22 Fort Mercer
[New Jersey]
Fort abandoned by rebels
1777 Oct.10-Nov.15 Fort Mifflin
[New Jersey]
A defiant rebel stand eventually crushed by British cannonfire
1777 Dec. 5-8 Whitemarsh
[Pennsylania]
Howe tries to re-engage with rebels but they manage to give him the slip
1777 Dec. 11 Matson Ford
[Pennsylania]
British intercept supplies intended for Valley Forge leaving rebels to starve
1777 Dec. 10 Long Island
[New York]
Rebel raiding party captured
France declares war on Britain February 6 1778 and enters the war on the rebel side
1778 Mar. 18 Quinton Bridge
[New Jersey]
Rebel foraging party outwitted
1778 Mar. 23 Thompson's Bridge
[New Jersey]
Simcoe's patrol drive off rebel guard
1778 May 1 Crooked Billet
[Pennsylvania]
British target rebel foraging parties
1778 May 20 Barren Hill
[Pennsylvania]
Lafayette launches ineffective attack
Fearing a French blockade the British abandoned Philadelphia
1778 June 28 Monmouth Courthouse
[New Jersey]
Despite being attacked the British get nearly everyone safely to New York on the hottest day anyone could remember
1778 July 3 Wyoming Valley
[Pennsylvania]
Loyalist victory but became a massarce as Iroquois murdered fleeing rebels
1778 July 18 Andrustown
[New York]
Rebel supply area distroyed
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Rhode Island Campaign

1778 Aug 5-12 Newport
[RHode Island]
British floatilla and a hurricane wreak French support for a rebel invasion
1778 Aug 19-27 Quaker Hill
[Rhode Island]
Rebels attack British strong hold but lack French support & are beaten back
1778 Aug 28 Middletown
[Rhode Island]
Weary and disillusioned rebels dig in but know they were already defeated
1778 Aug 28 Newport
[Rhode Island]
Rebels driven out too forcefully to allow Clinton to catch them in a pincer
1778 Aug 31 Kingsbridge
[New York]
Rebels use poorly armed Indians as pawns in particularly bloody encounter
1778 Sept 3 Old Tappen
[New Jersey]
British suprise approx 100 rebels of which 80 are either killed of captured
1778 Sept 8 Martha's Vineyard
[Massachusetts]
British raid for rebel sheep & oxen
1778 Sept 13 German Flats
[New York]
British take much rebel livestock
1778 Oct 4-5 Little Egg Harbour
[New Jersey]
New Jersey Loyalists launch 4am bayonet attack on rebel camp
1779 Feb 23 Vincennes
[Ohio territory]
Rebels capture Indian town & land
1779 Feb 26 Horseneck Landing
[Connecticut]
British scatter rebels and take cattle
1779 June 1 Fort lafayette
[New York]
British capture Fort
1779 June 1 Stony Point
[New York]
British capture Fort
1779 July 2 Pound Ridge Raid
[New York]
Rebel Dragoons flee Tarleton's unit
1779 July 5-11 New London
[Connecticut]
Clinton stops rebel raids on supplies
1779 July 16 Stony Point (2nd)
[New York]
Rebel force of 1350 retake lighty manned Fort with much brutality
1779 July 19-22 Minisink
[New Jersey]
Stolen Indian land returned to them
1779 Aug. 18 Paulus Hook
[New Jersey]
300 Rebels take British Fort
1779 Oct. 27 Middlebrook (Raid)
[New Jersey]
Loyalists capture rebel goods
1780 Jan 14-15 Staten Island
[New York]
Rebel raid spotted before much done
1780 Feb. 3 Four Corners
[New York]
Rebels cornered at Young's house
1780 Apr. 2 Harpersfield
[New York]
Rebels caught gathering Maple sap
1780 June 7-23 Springfield
[New Jersey]
British burn rebel houses
1780 July 20-21 Bull's Ferry
[New Jersey]
Rebels lose many men trying to take Blockhouse house manned by Loyalists
1780 Aug. 1-2 Canajoharie
[New York]
Rebel attack on Indian village repelled
1781 July 9 Currytown
[New York]
Loyalists attack rebel base
1781 July 10 Sharon Springs Swamp
[New York]
Rebels trap Loyalist unit in a swamp and use them for target practice
1781 Aug. 6 Shell's Bush
[New York]
A few Loyalists raid rebel supplies
1781 Aug. 22 Wawarsing
[New York]
Rebels terrorized & kill many Loyalists
1781 Sept. 6 Fort Griswold
[Connecticut]
Loyalists attack on a rebel patrol
1781 Oct. 10 Treadwell's Neck
[New York]
150 rebels attack small Loyalist outpost
1781 Oct. 25 Johnstown
[New York]
Darkness saved rebels from complete annihilation by New York Loyalists
1781 Oct. 30 Jerseyfield
[New York]
Rebels use Indians to commit atrocities

Campaign on the Quebec frontier and in the Maritimes

1775 May 9 Fort Ticonderoga
[New York]
Green Mountain rough necks siege Fort
1775 May 12 Crown Point
[New York]
Rebels siege trading post and cannon
1775 May 17 Fort St John
[Quebec]
Rebels take garrison then chased off
1775 June 12 Machias
[Maine]
Skirmish over some timber
1775 Sept.12 -Nov.3 Fort St John (Seige)
[Quebec]
British held out against 2,500 rebels for 7 weeks crucially delaying them
1775 Sept.25 Montreal
[Quebec]
Rebels take city & manage to recruit a few Canadians who fled later when the Americans started to get decimated
1775 Oct. 18 Falmouth
[Maine]
British retaliate against hostility
1775 Oct. 18 Chambly
[Quebec]
Although attacked by a large rebel force they take Fort a bit too easily
1775 Oct. 30 Longueuil (Montreal)
[Quebec]
Carleton's pityfully small force has to retreat from City for rebels to plunder
1775 Dec.8-31 Quebec City (siege)
[Quebec]
Carleton's masterly defences kept the rebels at bay in worsening conditions
1775 Dec. 31 Quebec City
[Quebec]
Rebels used a blizzard as cover, but good intelligence helped British inflict very heavy casualties on the rebels
1776 May 16 The Cedars
[Quebec]
British relief ship arrives to drive out besiegers then constantly attacks them
1776 June 7 Trois Rivieres
[Quebec]
Rebel counter attack fails & they take more heavy loses having to flee again
1776 Oct. 11-12 Valcour Island
[New York - Lake Champlain]
Almost all Rebel warships destroyed
1776 Nov.7-29 Fort Cumberland
[Nova Scotia]
Rebels often lost men because they imagined others thought as they did
1776 Nov.14 Fort St Johns
[Quebec]
British retake Fort
1777 Upper New York (raid)
[Quebec]
Royal Highlanders attack rebel position
1777 Fort Howe
[New Brunswick - St John]
New built fort successfully defended
The rebel's Canadian expedition had been an abject failure and their disloyalty rejected
1777 Aug. 13 Machias
[Maine]
New Rebel warships take a beating
Campaign Map

Saratoga Campaign

1777 July 5-6 Fort Ticonderoga
[New York]
Burgoyne's men haul cannon up sheer bluff so able to fire down on rebels
1777 July 7 Hubbardton
[Vermount]
Rebels suffer heavy loses and retreat
1777 July 9 Fort Anne
[New York]
British take over abandoned rebel Fort
1777 South Bay
[New York]
British heavily outnumbered resort to trickery to get the rebels to retreat
1777 Aug. 2-22 Fort Stanwix (siege)
[New York]
Siege was delaying the British too long
1777 Aug. 8 Oriskany
[New York]
Especially bloody encounter with more rebel casualties than Loyalists in battle
1777 Aug. 16 Bennington
[New York]
Hessians led into a very costly trap
1777 Sept. 17-19 Freeman's Farm
[New York]
Outnumbered 3 to 1 the British hold the field - just - but have lost many men
1777 Sept. 18-24 Lake George
[New York]
Now even more outnumbered the British are exhausted with no time to recover
1777 Sept. 24 Diamond Island
[New York]
Burgoyne starts set of tactical retreats
1777 Oct. 6 Forts Montgomery & Clinton
[New York]
Burgoyne ambushes advancing rebels
1777 Oct. 7 Bemis Heights
[New York]
Despite now facing 6000 rebels Burgoyne advances on them
1777 Oct. 11-17 Saratoga
[New York]
Burgoyne tricked into surrendering
1777 Oct. Lake Champlain (raid)
[New York]
Rebel attack soundly beaten off by British at Lake Champlain where they remained in control till the end of war
1778 Sept. 5-6 Bedford - Fair Haven (raid)
[New York]
British detroy 70 rebel ships together with many of their buildings
1778 Oct. 6-8 Unadilla
[New York]
Rebels massacre Iroquois in their town
1778 Nov. 11 Cherry Valley Massacre
[New York]
Revenge attack on rebels at Unadilla
1778 Penobscot River
[Maine]
Rebel ship attacks Loyalist settlement but was soon driven back out to sea
1778 Cape Sable
[Nova Scotia]
Rebels fair no better further north
1779 July 28 to
.................. Aug 13
Bagaduce
[Maine - Penobscot River]
A lone piquet of 50 redcoats hold off 3000 rebels until Royal Navy arrived
1779 Aug. 29 Newtown
[New York]
Rebel retaliation resulting in Iroquois being forced off their land to Canada
1780 Mohawk Valley (raid)
[New York]
Loyalist raid
1780 May 26 San Luis de Ylinoises
[Illinois Territory]
Indian attack repelled
1780 Oct. 8 Fort Anne
[New York]
Rebels try to retake Fort
1780 Oct. 11 Fort George
[New York]
Rebels try & fail to dislodge British
1780 Oct. 15-18 Schoharie valley
[New York]
As with other Loyalist raids the chruch was burnt down in order to blame them
1780 Oct. 19 Fort Keyser
[New York]
130 rebel killed or taken prisoner
1780 Oct. 19 Klock's Field
[New York]
Loyalists escape from large rebel force
1781 Jan. Fort St Joseph
[Illinois Territory]
Spainish capture Fort but then retreat
1781 Jan. 22 Morrisania
[New York]
Rebel raid on Loyalists in the Bronx
1781 Aug. 24 Big Miami River
[Ohio Territory]
Lochry's rebel unit are defeated
1781 Mohawk Valley (raid)
[New York]
Loyalist raid
1782 Mar. 7-8 Gnadenhuetten Massacre
[Ohio Territory]
Another Rebel massacre of Indians
1782 June 4-5 Sandusky
[Ohio Territory]
Small force of Indians attack larger group of rebels killing their commander
1782 June 6 Olentangy
[Ohio Territory]
Indian raid
Campaign Map

Southern Colonies Campaign

1775 Apr. 21-22 Williamsburg
[Virginia]
Royal marines try to seize gunpower
1775 Apr. 21 Charlestown Magazine
[South Carolina]
Insurgents steal gunpowder from town
1775 Nov. 19 Ninty -Six
[South Carolina]
Local Loyalists attack rebel base
1775 Dec. 9 Great Bridge
[Virginia]
Rebels occupy the town of Norfolk
1775 Dec. 22 Cane Break
[South Carolina]
Rebels amalgamate their strenght to crush any organising loyalist support
1776 Feb. 27 Moore's Creek Bridge
[North Carolina]
Another violent attack to suppress loyalist sentiment in the Carolinas
1776 June 28 Charleston (1st Siege)
[South Carolina]
Despite several attempts Royal Navy couldn't breakthrough a log barrier
1777 Feb 2-7 Fort McIntosh
[Georgia]
Exiled Georgian Loyalists regroup in friendly Florida & return to take Fort
1777 Sept. 1 Wheeling
[Virginia]
Indians lay a siege but then give up
1778 Dec. 29 Savannah
[Georgia]
Local Loyalists help the British take a seemingly impregnable fortification
1779 Jan. 9 Sudbury
[Georgia]
Prevost takes the rebel stronghold
1779 Feb. 3 Port Royal Island
[South Carolina]
British land & chase after rebels who sniped at them to burn their homes
1779 Feb. 14 Kettle Creek
[Georgia]
Loyalists had initial success but then wilt against fanatical rebel resistance
1779 Mar. 3 Briar Creek
[Georgia]
This time rebels resounding defeated consolidating Loyalist hold on Georgia
1779 June 16 Stono Creek
[South Carolina]
Rebels replused as they attacked British rear guard at Ferry
Spain declares war on Britain June 16 1779 and enters the war on the rebel side
1779 Oct. 9 Savannah
[Georgia]
French & rebels take very heavy loses
1780 April 14 Monck's Corner
[South Carolina]
British victory but rebels then posed as Loyalists to rape Loyalist women
1780 Ap.12-May 9 Charleston (2nd siege)
[South Carolina]
No welcome here for the British but still they occupy after about a week
1780 May 6 Lenud's ferry
[South Carolina]
Tarleton's unit capture large rebel reinforcement unit & their supplies
1780 May 29 Waxhaw Creek
[South Carolina]
Exhausted from riding for 53 hours a Loyalist unit defeat larger rebel force
1780 June 20 Ramsour's Mill
[North Carolina]
Indecisive encounter with equal casualties on each side
1780 July 12 Williamson's Plantation
[South Carolina]
aka 'Huck's defeat' when a heavily outnumberd Loyalist unit is ambushed
1780 July 30 Thicketty Fort
[South Carolina]
Small Loyalist garrison overwhelmed
1780 Aug. 1 Green Spring
[South Carolina]
Although Ferguson's unit inflicted heavy casualties they were driven back
1780 Aug. 1 Rocky Mount
[South Carolina]
Rebels are embolden but are then put down by Tarleton's unit half their size
1780 Aug. 6 Hanging Rock
[South Carolina]
Lightening attack on Loyalists before British could respond to help
1780 Aug. 15 Wateree Ferry
[South Carolina]
Rebels capture a few sick British
1780 Aug. 15-16 Camden
[South Carolina]
Although outnumbered 2 to 1 the British inflict over 2000 rebel casualties
1780 Aug. 18 Fishing Creek
[North Carolina]
Rebels take more heavy loses
1780 Aug. 18 Musgrove's Mill
[South Carolina]
Loyalists initially scatter rebels but lose men while taking prisoners
1780 Aug. 24 Great Savannah
[South Carolina]
Loyalist unit escorting hundreds of prisoners are attacked on way to prison
1780 Sept. 14-18 Augusta
[Georgia]
Rebels besiege garrison but are caught by Cruger's unit & suffer heavy loses
1780 Sept. 21 Wahab's Plantation
[North Carolina]
Loyalist unit about 100 strong is surrounded and ruthlessly massacred
1780 Sept. 26 Charlotte
[North Carolina]
Cornwallis attacks with only a few men but disengages when Augusta attacked
1780 Sept. 29 Black Mingo Creek
[South Carolina]
Loyalists & rebels both lose 50 men
1780 Oct. 7 King's Mountain
[South Carolina]
A rebel atrocity where 800 Loyalists were surrounded & given No Quarter
1780 Oct. 9 Polk's Mill
[North Carolina]
120 rebels attack small Welsh foraging party only to get driven off by them
1780 Oct. 14 Shallow Ford
[North Carolina]
Defeated again, Loyalist's morale low
1780 Oct. 23 Hampton Roads
[Virginia]
British drive off rebels to establish base briefly leaving after a month
1780 Oct. 25 Tearcoat Swamp
[South Carolina]
Small Loyalist convey attacked
1780 Nov. 9 Fishdam Ford
[South Carolina]
Attacked at 3am Loyalists lose 20 men
1780 Nov.20 Blackstock's Hill
[South Carolina]
Determined attack by Tarleton on Sumter's unit causing many to desert
1780 Dec. 4 Rugeley's Mills
[South Carolina]
Washington gets Loyalist garrison to surrender with a fake cannon
1780 Dec. 12-13 Halfway Swamp
[South Carolina]
A battle that turned into a duel
1780 Dec. 27 Hammond's Store
[North Carolina]
Defeated & retreating Loyalists again slaughtered as was then a rebel policy
1781 Jan. 5 Richmond
[Virginia]
Alnold led raid destroys rebel supplies
1781 Jan. 8 Charles City Courthouse
[Virginia]
Simcoe 20 takes rebels prisoners
1781 Jan. 17 Hannah's Cowpens
[South Carolina]
Rebels 3 widely spaced lines of fire & retreat against Tarleton's too predictable charge cost 1000 loyalists
1781 Jan. 23-24 Wiggan's Hill Plantation
[Georgia]
Outnumbered British were attacked at night but drove rebels into a swamp
1781 Jan. 28-Feb. 1 Wilmington
[North Carolina]
Rebels supplies & cannon detroyed
1781 Feb. 1 Catawba River
[North Carolina]
Cornwallis was chasing retreating rebels who were murdering potential Loyalist support ahead of him
1781 Feb. 1 Tarrant's Tavern
[North Carolina]
Heavy defeat of rebels owing to wet power which improved Loyalist morale
1781 Feb. 25 Haw River Massacre
[North Carolina]
Rebels responsed with slaughtering 400 Loyalists in an inhuman way
1781 Feb. 28 Fort Watson
[South Carolina]
Rebels storm Fort but are soundly beaten off, suffering heavy loses
1781 March 2 Clapp's Mills
[South Carolina]
Tarleton's unit dispersed 800 rebels
1781 March 6 Wetzell's Mills
[North Carolina]
Tarleton inflicts heavy loses on rebels
1781 March 6 Wiboo Swamp
[South Carolina]
Advance unit of Loyalists have 3 killed
1781 March 14-27 Lower Bridge of Black River
[North Carolina]
An out numbered British rear guard's valiant action against overwelming odds
1781 March 15 Guilford Courthouse
[North Carolina]
Cornwallis's ruthless move turns battle & Tarleton did not miss his cue, but this haemorrhaged more precious men
1781 March 19 Portsmouth
[Virginia]
British arrive to cut rebel supply lines
1781 April 15-23 Fort Watson
[South Carolina]
Loyalist Fort surrenders
1781 April 19 Burrell's Landing
[South Carolina]
Simcoe's Queens rangers engage 500 rebels who soon retreated in disarray
1781 April 19 Williamsburg
[Virginia]
Phillip's unit force rebels to retreat
1781 April 25 Hobkirk's Hill
[South Carolina]
Rawdon's outnumbered 4 to 1 Loyalists bravely drive rebels from the field
1781 April 25 Peterburg
[Virginia]
British destroy rebel ships and cargo
1781 April 27 Osborne's
[Virginia]
Surprise British attack destroys 13 rebel ships & capture copious supplies
1781 May 9 Pensacola
[West Florida]
British lose West Florida to Spain after a two month siege with no relief
1781 May 11 Orangeburg
[South Carolina]
90 Loyalists surrendered garrison but were murdered on route to Greene
1781 May 12 Fort Motte
[South Carolina]
Fort surrendered & Loyalists murdered
1781 May 22-June 21 Ninety-Six
[South Carolina]
Besieged Loyalists were going to fight to the death but relief Loyalists arrive & it was the rebels who did the dying
1781 May 22-June 5 Augusta
[Georgia]
When the Loyalist outpost was overrun their officers were hung by the rebels
1781 June 4 Charlotteville
[Virginia]
Tarleton seized 7 rebel leaders but just missed getting Thomas Jefferson
1781 June 5 Point of Fork
[Georgia]
Simcoe's ruse captures rebel supplies
1781 June 26 Spencer's Ordinary Tavern
[Virginia]
Queen's Rangers kill about 30 rebels
1781 July 4-10 Wilmington
[North carolina]
Ineffective rebel raid on Loyalist base
1781 July 6 Green Spring
[Virginia]
Wayne is fooled into believing he was only dealing with the British rear guard
1781 July 17 Quinby Bridge
[South Carolina]
Out numbered Tarleton & his men tore into rebel cavalry who decided to flee but burnt a church down to blame him
1781 Aug 1-19 New Bern
[North Carolina]
British destroy rebel property
1781 Aug 13 Parker's Ferry
[South Carolina]
Loyalist's rout a rebel attack
1781 Sept. 8 Eutaw Springs
[South Carolina]
On losing yet again, Greene wrote:-
'We fight, get beat, rise & fight again'
French having landed 10,000 men close in on Cornwallis's meagre battle weary force
1781 Sept. 12 Hillsboro
[North Carolina]
David Fanning's Militia free hundreds of prisoners & kill over 250 rebels
1781 Sept.28-Oct.19 Yorktown
[Virginia]



Cornwallis with only 3,300 fit for duty men is cornered by 16,000 French and Rebel troops and the French Navy
Cornwallis surrenders leaving the British with no significant offensive capability
1781 Dec. 1 Dorchester
[South Carolina]
British withdraw from an isolated Fort and move closer to Charlestown
1782 Jan. 22-23 Savannah
[Georgia]
Rebels attack City & suffer so heavy a defeat that no more attempts are made
1782 July 11 much to the concern of those in Savannah the British to cut costs evacuate the City and move to Charlestown with many of the Loyalists transported to Florida
1782 Aug. 19 Blue Licks
[Kentucky]
Last major battle of war that was a costly defeat for the rebels and kept them east of the Appalachian Mountains
1782 Aug. 19 Fair Lawn
[South Carolina]
British foraging party were ambushed but charged and turned the tables
1782 Aug. 27 Combahee Ferry
[South Carolina]
British foraging party spot rebel cavalry & ambush them killing many
1782 Sept. 11-13 Wheeling (Fort Henry)
[Virginia / Ohio border]
Last 'battle' of the war when a few Loyalists and some Indians lay siege to a frontier Fort but give up after 3 days
1782 Nov. 14 James Island
[South Carolina]
Rebels ambush British woodcutters but reinforcements arrive to repulse them
1782 Dec. 14 - British end their occupation of Charlestown and move to New York

With cessation of hostilities on Feb. 4th 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed Sept. 3rd 1783 instigating one of the largest mass migrations in history when 80,000 Loyalists left the country for Canada and Bahamas etc. before the last British troops themselves left Dec. 4th 1783



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  • Documents of the American Revolution, by Hillsdale College Documents in Military History
  • Buried History of the American Revolution, by Paul Noble
  • The Liberation of Canada: 1776, by Robert Stewart
  • Indians and the American Revolution, by Wilcomb E. Washburn
  • White Loyalists of Williamsburg, by Kevin P. Kelly
  • Revolutionary War Timeline, an American perspective by Virginia Fowler

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