Part 1 - Social Studies Project
The Battle of Brooklyn
The Battle of Yorktown
The Battles of Trenton and Princeton
The Battle of Brooklyn was fought from August 27, 1776 to August 30, 1776. The British, commanded by William Howe, won the battle. The British attacked so they could gain control of the Hudson River, and they succeeded.
The Battles of Saratoga
The battle started on September 28, 1781, and ended on October 19, 1781. George Washington, with the help of the French, tried to seize Yorktown, Virginia, and halt the British redcoats. The British surrendered and Washington captured more than 6,000 troops.
The Southern Campaign (Guilford and Cowpens)
On December 26, 1776, Washington led his troops to victory in the Battle of Trenton. The Continental Army won the following battle at Princeton, on January 3, 1777.
After the British claimed Fort Ticonderoga, the Americans blocked them at Freeman’s Farm, NY, on September 19, 1777. The British won this battle, but they met with the Americans again on October 7, 1777, in Bemis Heights, NY, where the Americans won.
The British wanted control of the Southern Colonies in order to win the war. On January 17, 1781, in near Cowpens, SC, the British were defeated. Then, on March 15, 1781, in Greensboro, NC, General Cornwallis led his troops to a pyrrhic victory.
In winter 1777-1778, the American army kept an eye on the British, who were occupying Philadelphia. The Americans stayed 25 miles northwest of the city, without barracks or supplies. The harsh weather and smallpox epidemic was life threatening, but it helped train the Continental Army.
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