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Burgoyne's Surrender at Saratoga
1927 Postage Stamp Commemorating the Surrender of "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York

Lexington and Concord

Known as the "Shot heard round’ the World," the 1775 battles at Lexington and Concord were the first in the American Revolution.

Bunker Hill

This Pyrrhic British victory was won at the cost of 1,000 men. It caused the British to realize their forces in America were insufficient for winning the war.

Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga represented the first military action for both future traitor Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen in the American Revolution. The capture of the fort yielded much artillery and firepower for the Patriot cause.

New York Battles

The total and complete British victories in and around New York City in 1776 nearly ended the war a year after it started. George Washington would have to "pick up the pieces" and a find a way to inspire a crumbling army.


In this battle, also known as "Washington’s Crossing," Continental troops ambush and capture nearly 800 sleeping and drunken Hessian mercenary soldiers on the night after Christmas.


The 1777 Battle of Saratoga marked the turning point in the Revolutionary War and proved to foreign powers such as France, that the Patriots could actually win the war!

Valley Forge

Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army. Despite the brutal conditions and proliferation of disease, the Patriot force would be converted into a real military unit, capable of fighting the British.

Monmouth Courthouse

This was the first battle fought after the Patriot winter at Valley Forge. Patriot forces cause significant casualties among the British ranks but fail to halt the advance to New York.


Patriot forces are crushed in the Battle of Camden, one of the first battles waged in the Southern Theater (S.C.). Patriot General Horatio Gates, who had aspirations to take over George Washington’s role as Commander-in-Chief, is charged with cowardice.


Patriot forces score a major victory at Cowpens, South Carolina, under the command of Daniel Morgan.

Guilford Courthouse

In this violent battle between Patriot and British forces in North Carolina, Charles Cornwallis scores a "Pyrrhic" victory, but is forced to retreat to Yorktown, where his surrender will result in the war’s end.


The monumental siege at Yorktown and the ensuing surrender by British forces marks the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.