18th Century Battles

Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775

BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 17 JUNE 1775 SUMMARY The Battle of Bunker Hill was an early battle of the American Revolution near Boston, Massachusetts where a lack of ammunition doomed the Americans to a defeat, but at a heavy cost for the British. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After learning that the British planned on […]

Battle of Lexington and Concord, 1775

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 19 APRIL 1775 SUMMARY The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle of the American Revolution and included the “the shot heard round the world.”  A surprising American victory that bolstered the confidence of the American colonists. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND Following orders of Gen. Thomas Gates, […]

Battle of Saratoga, 1777

BATTLE OF SARATOGA – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 19 SEPTEMBER and 7 OCTOBER 1777 SUMMARY The Battle of Saratoga was actually two battles fought 18 days apart that led to the surrender of British General John Burgoyne and 6,222 British and German troops.  —-oOo—- BACKGROUND British General John Burgoyne invaded New York from Canada and seized Fort […]


Battle of Trenton, 1776

BATTLE OF TRENTON – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 26 DECEMBER 1776 SUMMARY Washington crosses the Delaware River with 2,400 troops to surprise attack 3 regiments of Hessians and an unit of British Light Dragoons in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas night in Trenton, New Jersey   —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After suffering defeat in New York, American General George […]

Battle of Yorktown, 1781

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 28 SEPTEMBER-19 OCTOBER 1781 SUMMARY American General George Washington led 18,900 American and French troops in the Siege of Yorktown against General, Lord Charles Cornwallis and 9,000 British and German troops at Yorktown, Virginia.  This battle culminated in the surrender of the British Army and ultimately led to the […]

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