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[[Image:Revolutionary-war-034-1-.jpg|thumb|left|425px]]The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783.  It was also known as the American War of Independence. The Revolutionary War began with the confrontation between British troops and local militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. Throughout the war, state troops and local militias supplemented the Continental (Federal) Army. The total number of men who served is not known. Men between the ages of 16 and 60 may have served during the war in either the Continental Army, State Line Troops, or local militia mustered to help the Continental Troops.
 
[[Image:Revolutionary-war-034-1-.jpg|thumb|left|425px]]The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783.  It was also known as the American War of Independence. The Revolutionary War began with the confrontation between British troops and local militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. Throughout the war, state troops and local militias supplemented the Continental (Federal) Army. The total number of men who served is not known. Men between the ages of 16 and 60 may have served during the war in either the Continental Army, State Line Troops, or local militia mustered to help the Continental Troops.
  
=== <br>Chronology of Major Events ===
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=== <br>Chronology of Major Events ===
  
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| 18 Mar 1774
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| 18 Mar 1774  
 
| British occupied Boston, Massachusetts until evacuated 7 March 1776.
 
| British occupied Boston, Massachusetts until evacuated 7 March 1776.
 
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| 5 Sep 1774
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| 5 Sep 1774  
 
| First Continental Congress convened.
 
| First Continental Congress convened.
 
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| 19 Apr 1775
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| 19 Apr 1775  
 
| Battle at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
 
| Battle at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
 
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| 17 Jun 1775
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| 17 Jun 1775  
 
| Battle of Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.
 
| Battle of Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.
 
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| 4 Jul 1776
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| 4 Jul 1776  
 
| Declaration of Independence adopted.
 
| Declaration of Independence adopted.
 
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| 15 Sep 1776
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| 15 Sep 1776  
 
| New York City occupied by the British until 26 November 1783.
 
| New York City occupied by the British until 26 November 1783.
 
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| 26 Dec 1776
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| 26 Dec 1776  
 
| Attack at Trenton, New Jersey.
 
| Attack at Trenton, New Jersey.
 
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| 3 Jan 1777
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| 3 Jan 1777  
 
| Attack at Princeton, New Jersey.
 
| Attack at Princeton, New Jersey.
 
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| 11 Sep 1777
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| 11 Sep 1777  
 
| Battle of Barndywine, Pennsylvania.
 
| Battle of Barndywine, Pennsylvania.
 
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| 19 Dec 1777
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| 19 Dec 1777  
 
| Washington's army established headquarters at Valley Forge.
 
| Washington's army established headquarters at Valley Forge.
 
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| 6 Feb 1778
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| 6 Feb 1778  
 
| U.S. and France entered a military alliance.
 
| U.S. and France entered a military alliance.
 
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| 28 Jun 1778
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| 28 Jun 1778  
 
| Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey.
 
| Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey.
 
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| 29 Dec 1778
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| 29 Dec 1778  
 
| Capture of Savannah, Georgia by the British. It was occupied until 11 July 1782.
 
| Capture of Savannah, Georgia by the British. It was occupied until 11 July 1782.
 
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| 23 Feb 1779
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| 23 Feb 1779  
 
| George Rogers Clark and his men took Vincennes, Indiana from&nbsp;the British.
 
| George Rogers Clark and his men took Vincennes, Indiana from&nbsp;the British.
 
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| 12 May 1780
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| 12 May 1780  
 
| Charleston, South Carolina was captured by the British and <br> occupied until 14 December 1782.
 
| Charleston, South Carolina was captured by the British and <br> occupied until 14 December 1782.
 
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| 16 Aug 1780
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| 16 Aug 1780  
 
| Battle near Camden, South Carolina.
 
| Battle near Camden, South Carolina.
 
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| 7 Oct 1780
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| 7 Oct 1780  
 
| Patriots defeated a group of Loyalists at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
 
| Patriots defeated a group of Loyalists at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
 
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| 17 Jan 1781
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| 17 Jan 1781  
 
| Battle at Cowpens near the Broad River in South Carolina.
 
| Battle at Cowpens near the Broad River in South Carolina.
 
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| 15 Mar 1781
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| 15 Mar 1781  
 
| Battle at Guilford Co., North Carolina courthouse.
 
| Battle at Guilford Co., North Carolina courthouse.
 
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| 19 Oct 1781
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| 19 Oct 1781  
 
| Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia.
 
| Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia.
 
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| 30 Nov 1782
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| 30 Nov 1782  
 
| A preliminary peace treaty was signed in Paris, France.
 
| A preliminary peace treaty was signed in Paris, France.
 
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| 3 Sep 1783
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| 3 Sep 1783  
 
| The final peace treaty was signed in Paris.
 
| The final peace treaty was signed in Paris.
 
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== <center>Original British Colonies</center>  ==
 
== <center>Original British Colonies</center>  ==

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The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783.  It was also known as the American War of Independence. The Revolutionary War began with the confrontation between British troops and local militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. Throughout the war, state troops and local militias supplemented the Continental (Federal) Army. The total number of men who served is not known. Men between the ages of 16 and 60 may have served during the war in either the Continental Army, State Line Troops, or local militia mustered to help the Continental Troops.


Chronology of Major Events


18 Mar 1774 British occupied Boston, Massachusetts until evacuated 7 March 1776.
5 Sep 1774 First Continental Congress convened.
19 Apr 1775 Battle at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
17 Jun 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.
4 Jul 1776 Declaration of Independence adopted.
15 Sep 1776 New York City occupied by the British until 26 November 1783.
26 Dec 1776 Attack at Trenton, New Jersey.
3 Jan 1777 Attack at Princeton, New Jersey.
11 Sep 1777 Battle of Barndywine, Pennsylvania.
19 Dec 1777 Washington's army established headquarters at Valley Forge.
6 Feb 1778 U.S. and France entered a military alliance.
28 Jun 1778 Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey.
29 Dec 1778 Capture of Savannah, Georgia by the British. It was occupied until 11 July 1782.
23 Feb 1779 George Rogers Clark and his men took Vincennes, Indiana from the British.
12 May 1780 Charleston, South Carolina was captured by the British and
occupied until 14 December 1782.
16 Aug 1780 Battle near Camden, South Carolina.
7 Oct 1780 Patriots defeated a group of Loyalists at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
17 Jan 1781 Battle at Cowpens near the Broad River in South Carolina.
15 Mar 1781 Battle at Guilford Co., North Carolina courthouse.
19 Oct 1781 Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia.
30 Nov 1782 A preliminary peace treaty was signed in Paris, France.
3 Sep 1783 The final peace treaty was signed in Paris.

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