Major Battles of the Revolutionary War

Major Battles of the Revolutionary War

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  • Lexington and Concord  
  • Bunker Hill 
  • Trenton
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The battles were fought on April 19, 1775 in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy, and Cambridge. The Americans won the battle. "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." (Captain John Parker)
  • Camden
  • "We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again." (Lord Cornwallis)
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which was peripherally involved in the battle. "Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes." (William Prescott)
  • Charles Town
  • The Battle of Trenton was a small but pivotal battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. "The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph." (George Washington)
  • Saratoga
  • The Battle of Camden in South Carolina was a lopsided victory for the British during the American Revolutionary War. Despite the proliferation of dysentery among his men, Continental General Horatio Gates chose to engage British General Charles Cornwallis's force on the morning of August 16, 1780. The British won. 
  • The Battle of Charlestown was a small engagement between Confederate cavalry forces under Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden and the Union forces under Col. Benjamin L. Simpson on October 18, 1863, at Charlestown, West Virginia, as part of the Bristoe and Mine Run Campaigns, resulting in a Confederate victory. 
  • “It is absurd, impolitic, and inhuman to burn a city you mean to occupy” (General Hnery Clinton)
  • Fought eighteen days apart in the fall of 1777, the two Battles of Saratoga were a turning point in the American Revolution. On September 19th, British General John Burgoyne achieved a small, but costly victory over American forces led by Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold.
  • “If Old England is not by this lesson taught humility." (General  Horatio  Gates) 
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