Timelines of the American Revolution

February 26 - British soldiers attempt to sieze munitions in Salem, Massachusetts (Salem Bridge Alarm).

March 22 - Edmund Burke gives speech to Parliament on Conciliation with America.

March 23 - Partick Henry delivers his 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death' Speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.

April 18-19 - Paul Revere's Ride

April 19
- Skirmishing takes place first in Lexington and then in Concord, Massachusetts. It is the start of the American Revolutionary War.

April 19
- The Siege of Boston begins after the British retreat back into the city, which is then surrounded by minutemen.

May 10
- Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

May 10
- Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 25
- British Major Generals William Howe, Henry Clinton and John Burgoyne arrive in Boston, Massachusetts.

May 29 - Second Continental Congress approves Letter to the Inhabitants of Canada.

May 31 - Mecklenburg Committee of Safety adopts the Charlotte (Charlottetown) Resolves.

June 6
- British troops evacuate New York City.

June 15
- George Washington appointed General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress. Commission formally approved by Congress on June 17.

June 17 - Battle of Bunker Hill; Boston, Massachusetts.
Maj. General William Howe defeats General Israel Putnam.

June 17 - Artemas Ward and Charles Lee are commissioned as the 1st and 2nd Major Generals in the Continental Army. Horatio Gates is commissioned as Adjutant General with the field rank of Brigadier General.

June 19 - Israel Putnam and Philip Schuyler are commissioned as the 3rd and 4th Major Generals in the Continental Army.

June 22 - John Thomas, Richard Montgomery, David Wooster, William Heath, Joseph Spencer, John Sullivan and Nathanael Greene are commissioned Brigadier Generals in the Continental Army.

June 30 - Second Continental Congress establishes Articles of War.

July 3 - General George Washington arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and takes command of the troops surrounding Boston. This is the birth of the Continental Army.

July 6 - Second Continental Congress issues the Declaration of the Causes.

July 8 - Second Continental Congress sends the Olive Branch Petition to London.

July 13 - Speech to the Six Nations given before and approved by the Second Continental Congress.

August 2 - Second Continental Congress adjourns.

August 23 - King George III proclaims the 13 colonies to be in rebellion and orders suppression of said defiance.

September 13 - Colonel Benedict Arnold sets out with a Patriot force for Quebec, Canada.

September 25 - Ethan Allen is defeated by Maj. General Guy Carleton at Montreal, Canada.

October 10 - Maj. General William Howe replaces Lt. General Thomas Gage as the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in America.

November 13 - Brigadier General Richard Montgomery captures Montreal, Canada.

November 15 - Colonel Benedict Arnold arrives at the Plains of Abraham outside Quebec City, Canada.

December 31 - Battle of Quebec, Canada.
Maj. General Guy Carleton defeats Maj. General Richard Montgomery.

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