American Revolution Timeline

September 12, 1781 – North Carolina Loyalists captured 200 American prisoners including North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke at Hillsboro, North Carolina. Loyalist leader, MacNeil, was killed in the raid.

September 14-24, 1781 – De Grasse sends his ships up the Chesapeake Bay to transport the armies of General George Washington and General Jean Baptiste Rochambeau to Yorktown.

September 28-October 17, 1781 – General George Washington conducts a siege at Yorktown, Virginia.

Oct.3, 1781 – At Gloucester, Virginia, Tarleton’s last action was protecting a British foraging party.

October 17, 1781 – As Yorktown is about to be taken, the British send out a flag of truce. General George Washington and General Charles Cornwallis then work out terms of surrender.

British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, Tanner, Vallance, Kearny and Co

British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, Tanner, Vallance, Kearny and Co

October 19,  1781 – General Charles Cornwallis surrenders his army at Yorktown, New York.

October 24, 1781 – 7,000 British reinforcements under General Henry Clinton arrive at Chesapeake Bay but turn back on hearing of the surrender at Yorktown.

November 17, 1781 – Bloody Bill Cunningham slaughters Patriot force of 30 at Clouds Creek, South Carolina.

November 18, 1781 – British evacuate Wilmington, North Carolina.

November 19, 1781 – Cunningham kills a patriot force of 15 at Hayes’s Station, South Carolina.


February 14, 1782 – Marion’s Brigade defeated by Thomson at Wambaw Creek, South Carolina.

February 25, 1782 – Marion’s Brigade again defeated by Thomson at Tydiman’s Plantation, South Carolina.

January 1, 1782 – Loyalists begin leaving America, heading north to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

January 5, 1782 – The British withdraw from North Carolina.

February 27, 1782 – In England, the House of Commons votes against further war in America.

March 5, 1782 – The British Parliament empowers the King to negotiate peace with the United States.

March 7, 1782 – American militiamen massacre 96 Delaware Indians in Ohio in retaliation for Indian raids conducted by other tribes.

March 20, 1782 – British Prime Minister, Lord North, resigns, succeeded two days later by Lord Rockingham who seeks immediate negotiations with the American peace commissioners.

April 4, 1782 – Sir Guy Carleton becomes the new commander of British forces in America, replacing General Henry Clinton. Carleton will implement the new British policy of ending hostilities and withdraw British troops from America.

April 12, 1782 – Peace talks begin in Paris between Benjamin and Richard Oswald of Britain.

April 16, 1782 – General George Washington establishes American army headquarters at Newburgh, New York.

April 19, 1782 – The Dutch recognize the United States of America as a result of negotiations conducted in the Netherlands by John Adams.

June 11, 1782 – The British evacuate Savannah, Georgia.

June 20, 1782 – Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States of America.

August 19, 1782 – Loyalist and Indian forces attack and defeat American settlers near Lexington, Kentucky.

August 25, 1782 – Mohawk Indian Chief Joseph Brant conducts raids on settlements in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

August 27, 1782 – The last fighting of the Revolutionary War between Americans and British occurs with a skirmish in South Carolina along the Combahee River.

August 29, 1782 – Francis Marion’s last engagement against South Carolina Royal Dragoons occurs at Fair Lawn Plantation, South Carolina. Marion then retreated.

September 16-October 17, 1782 – Andrew Pickens and Elijah Clarke with 414 men marched against raiding Cherokee. Chiefs made a temporary peace agreement which was ratified by Georgia.

November 10, 1782 – 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.

November 30, 1782 – A preliminary peace treaty is signed in Paris. Terms include recognition of American independence and the boundaries of the United States, along with British withdrawal from America.

December 14, 1782 – Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by British. 3,800 Loyalists and 5,000 slaves leave with them.

December 15, 1782 – Strong objections are expressed by the French over the signing of the peace treaty in Paris without America first consulting them. Benjamin then soothes their anger with a diplomatic response and prevents a falling out between France and America.


Our heaven born banner painted by Wm. Bauly, 1861

Our heaven-born banner painted by William  Bauly, 1861

January 20, 1783 – England signs a preliminary peace treaty with France and Spain.

February 3, 1783 – Spain recognizes the United States of America, followed later by Sweden, Denmark and Russia.

February 4, 1783 – England officially declares an end to hostilities in America.

April 11, 1783 – Congress officially declares an end to the Revolutionary War.

April 15, 1783 – The Second Treaty of Paris.

April 26, 1783 – 7000 Loyalists set sail from New York for Canada, bringing a total of 100,000 Loyalists who have now fled America.

June 13, 1783 – The main part of the Continental Army disbands.

November 25, 1783 – The British forces evacuate New York and Brooklyn, the last British troops to leave the colonies.


Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated November 2019.

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