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Battles & Campaigns

The American Revolution may have ended with the signing of a treaty in 1783, but for eight long years it was fought bitterly across several continents.

Our focus here is on primary accounts of selected skirmishes and battles in North and Central America, the areas of service for Loyalist troops. These accounts, from both British and Rebel sources, provide a glimpse into 18th Century warfare and the hard fought actions that made up the war.

While casualties suffered in the war were mild compared to the slaughter of the 19th Century American Civil War, each one affected some family very personally, and attrition slowly produced the consolidation of one Loyalist regiment after another.

Following is an index, arranged by date, to the materials we currently have on-line. We will be changing or adding to these accounts on an ongoing basis, so please stop back from time to time.

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1776

 31 December 1775 - 1 January 1776, Siege of Quebec City - Royal Highland Emigrants, Quebec City Militia

 16 November, 1776, Attack at Fort Washington - New York Companies

 29 November, Siege of Fort Cumberland - Royal Fencible Americans & Royal Highland Emigrants

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1777

 29-30 June, Foraging Parties from Kingsbridge - New York Volunteers/DeLancey's Brigade

 11 September, Battle of Brandywine, PA - Queen's American Rangers/New Jersey Volunteers/Guides & Pioneers

 4-8 December, Rebel Account of the Skirmishes at Whitemarsh, PA - Queen's American Rangers

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1778

 2 February, Account of a Skirmish at Mantua Creek, New Jersey - West Jersey Volunteers

 2 February, Second Account of a Skirmish at Mantua Creek, New Jersey - West Jersey Volunteers

 5-6 April, Raids at Squan & Shark River, NJ - New Jersey Volunteers

 8 April, Action at Smithfield, PA - Bucks County Volunteers, Queen's Rangers, Philadelphia Light Dragoons

 4 May, Account of the Battle at Crooked Billet - Queen's Rangers, Philadelphia Light Dragoons

 4 May, A Second Account of the Battle at Crooked Billet - Queen's Rangers, Philadelphia Light Dragoons

 4 May, Howe to Germain on the Battle at Crooked Billet - Queen's Rangers, Philadelphia Light Dragoons

 24 May, Report of Landing at Shoal Harbour - New Jersey Volunteers

 3 July, Unsigned, Unaddressed Account of the Battle of Wyoming - Butler's Rangers

 24 December, Account of an Excursion to the White Plains - Westchester County Militia

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1779

 26 April, Skirmish at Shrewsbury/Middleton, New Jersey - New Jersey Volunteers

 9 May, Raid on Closter, New Jersey (The New Jersey Gazette)

 9 May, Raid on Closter, New Jersey (The New York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury)

 9 May, Raid on Closter, New Jersey (The Royal Gazette)

 June, Capture of a Boatload of Rebels on Bay of Fundy - Royal Highland Emigrants

 28 July, Battle of Fort Freeland, Butlerís Rangers

 19 November, Laurie Requests Arms and Ammunitions at Mosquito Shore - Honduras/Nicaragua Campaign

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1780

 4 February, Dalling's Plan to Attack Nicaragua - Honduras/Nicaragua Campaign

 May, Return of Killed and Wounded under Clinton, Siege of Charlestown

 21 May, Dalling's Plan to Settle Nicaragua - Honduras/Nicaragua Campaign

 30 May, Tarleton to Cornwallis after Waxhaws - British Legion

 Present Day Photographs of Waxhaws Battlefield, Collection #1

 Present Day Photographs of Waxhaws Battlefield, Collection #2

 21 July, Report of Attack on Cuyler's Refugee Post - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 30 July, Battle of Rocky Mount, South Carolina

 Present Day Photographs of Rocky Mount, SC Outpost

 Present Day Photographs of Hanging Rock, SC Battlefield, Collection #1

 Present Day Photographs of Hanging Rock, SC Battlefield, Collection #2

 18 August, Return of Killed & Wounded at Catawba Ford, South Carolina - British Legion

 18 August, Return of Prisoners Taken at Catawba Ford, South Carolina - British Legion

 Present Day Photographs of Musgrove's Mill, SC Battlefield

 14-18 September, Stevenson to Barton, Siege of Augusta

 14-18 September, Stevenson to his aunt, Mrs. Susannah Kennedy, Siege of Augusta

 7 October, Anthony Allaire's Account of the Battle of King's Mountain

 Present Day Photographs of Fishdam Ford, SC Battlefield - Collection #1

 Present Day Photographs of Fishdam Ford, SC Battlefield - Collection #2

 20 November, Tarleton's Account of the Battle of Blackstock's Plantation - British Legion

 Present Day Photographs of Blackstock's Plantation, SC Battlefield - Collection #1

 Present Day Photographs of Blackstock's Plantation, SC Battlefield - Collection #2

 Present Day Photographs of Blackstock's Plantation, SC Battlefield - Collection #3

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1781

 17 February, Capture of Brigadier General Wadsworth - King's American Rangers

 March, Captain Ives's Encounter with the Whale Boats - Associated Loyalists

 3 June, Raid into Connecticut - Associated Loyalists

 18 June, Report of Activities - Associated Loyalists

 12 July, Attack on the Post at Lloyd's Neck - Associated Loyalists, Volunteers of New England, Queens County Militia

 14 August, Excursion to Newark under Capt. Harding - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 2 September, Excursion to Newark under Major Ward - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 5 September, Excursion to Closter under Capt. Harding - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 8 September, Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina

 Present Day Photographs of Eutaw Springs, SC Battlefield - Collection #1

 Present Day Photographs of Eutaw Springs, SC Battlefield - Collection #2

 Present Day Photographs of Eutaw Springs, SC Battlefield - Collection #3

 3 October, Rebel Orders to Attack Fort Slongo, New York - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 3 October, Rebel Attack on Fort Slongo, New York - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 3 October, Return of Prisoners, Ordnance, & Military Stores from Attack on Fort Slongo, New York - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

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1782

 7 February, Report of Attack on Loyal Refugee Post - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 13 March, Excursion to Bergen Neck under Capt. Cosman - Loyal Refugee Volunteers

 04-05 June, Skirmish at Sandusky, Ohio - Butler's Rangers & Indian Department

 15 August, Attack on Fort at Bryant's Station - Butler's Rangers & Indian Department

 18 August, Battle at Blue Licks - Butler's Rangers & Indian Department

 30 August, Fall of Black River Fort - Loyal American Rangers, Indian Department, Black River Volunteers

 24 December, Account of the Skirmish at Cedar Creek, New Jersey

 24 December, Rebel Account of the Skirmish at Cedar Creek, New Jersey

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