1776

Washington at the Battle of Trenton. Engraving by Illman Brothers. 1870, from painting by E.L. Henry. Retreat at Long Island. Engraving by J.C. Armytage from painting by M.A. Wageman.

Chronology - 1776

January - Henry Knox brings Fort Ticonderoga's guns by ox-drawn sled to Cambridge, Massachusetts. British set fire to Norfolk, Virginia.
February - Battle of Moore's Creek, North Carolina.
March - British forces evacuate Boston after American forces capture Dorchester Heights.
May - France send arms and ammunition to America. American forces begin to retreat from Canada.
June - Siege of Charleston, South Carolina.
July - The Declaration of Independence. The British fleet led by William Howe arrives in New York harbor.
August - Battle of Long Island, New York. Battle of Kip's Bay, New York. George Washington's troops retreat across the East River to Manhattan to avoid capture.
September - Battle of Harlem Heights, New York. New York City is destroyed by fire. American forces evacuate from New York City. Nathan Hale is executed by the British.
October - Battle of White Plains, New York.
November - British capture Fort Washington, New York and Fort Lee, New Jersey. George Washington retreats across the river into New Jersey.
December - Newport, Rhode Island is captured by the British. Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.