BATTLES OF 1776-1778: PART 3
BATTLE OF CHARLESTON
The battle of Charleston took place on June 28, 1776 and was a short but important battle. The British attempted the siege of Charleston as a part of an overall strategy to use the major ports of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as bases to rally American Loyalists to defeat the Rebellion in the Southern Colonies. A small American force defending Charleston under the command of General Charles Lee successfully repelled a combined British assault force of 2,900 soldiers and seamen under Major General Sir Henry Clinton and Commodore Peter Parker.
BATTLE OF TRENTON
The Battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776. George Washington made a plan for the colonists to cross the Delaware river from the 25th-26th of December to gather around the Harrison garrison. The guards had been caught off guard after thinking the Americans were gone because it was Christmas, and the Americans claimed their victory.
BATTLES OF SARATOGA
There were two battles of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War. One took place on September 19, 1777. This Battle was the Freeman’s Farm battle
which ended in the British victory. The other battle was at Bemis Heights and ended in an American victory, because the British had surrendered.
BATTLE OF RHODE ISLAND
The battle of Rhode Island took place on August 29, 1778. The American and French armies combined forces to try to recapture Newport, RI. Charles Henri Hector d'Estaing, the French general commanding at that time and his men withdrew from the operation due to damage sustained by a storm at sea and left the Americans alone to fight the British. John Sullivan, a delegate in the Continental Congress, and the American fleet fought a successful defensive battle on August 29 before his men departed the island which left the British in victory.
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