In 1775 the primary action was in the north. In 1776, major
activity centered around New York and New Jersey, with significant
exceptions in North and South Carolina, and the first American
amphibious assault in the Caribbean.
principal theater of operations in 1777 (John Adams' "year of the
hangman") and through 1778 remained in the northeast in New York and
Philadelphia, with action related to the "Forage Wars" in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania, and action on the then-frontier. 1779 marked the end
of any significant activity in the northeast, and by 1780 the main
engagements shifted to the South.
In 1781, the failed efforts and costly victories of Cornwallis
in the Carolinas forced him to Virginia, where he met his fate at
Yorktown. I feature two incidents in 1782, including what some
consider the last land engagement of the war in which an American died. Each link below takes you to a page about the battle, with
images, brief explanation, and occasional links or bibliographic
information. For other commentary, see my blog,
Revolution. Given that there were at least 3,000 battles and skirmishes,
not every engagement is included. The images are an effort to interpret
what happened in the particular place; not every place has every
possible aspect photographed. Every image is my own.
The battles are arranged by year, with introductory text.
Click on the year to review the battles of that time; you can return to
this page by clicking on Revolutionary War home page.
Click on the battles to see individual galleries
(Revolutionary War blog)