1782 - 1783

Washington's entry into New York. On the evacuation of the city by the British, Nov. 25th, 1783. Lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1857. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Washington's farewell to his officers. Engraving by Phillibrown from painting by Alonzo Chappel.

Chronology 1782

January - Loyalists begin leaving America for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The British withdraw from North Carolina.
April - Sir Guy Carleton becomes the new commander of British forces in America, replacing General Clinton. Carleton will implement the new British policy of ending hostilities and withdraw British troops from America. George Washington establishes American army headquarters at Newburgh, New York.
June - British evacuate Savannah, Georgia.
August - Loyalist and Indian forces attack and defeat American settlers near Lexington, Kentucky. Raids on settlements in Pennsylvania and Kentucky by Mohawk Indian Chief Joseph Brant. The last fighting of the Revolutionary War between Americans and British occurs with a skirmish in South Carolina along the Combahee River, South Carolina.
November - The final battle of the Revolutionary War occurs as Americans retaliate against Loyalist and Indian forces by attacking a Shawnee Indian village in the Ohio territory.
December - British forces evacuate Charleston, South Carolina.

Chronology 1783

February - Great Britain officially declares an end to hostilities in America.
April - 7,000 Loyalists set sail from New York for Canada, bringing a total of 100,000 Loyalists who have now fled America.
June - The Continental Army is disbanded.
September - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States, Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.
October - The House of Burgesses in Virginia, grants freedom to slaves who served in the Continental Army.
November - George Washington delivers his farewell address to his army. The British forces evacuate New York City. George Washington enters Manhattan on November 25.
December - George Washington resigns his command of the Continental Army.