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American Revolutionary War Timeline, 1775, January-June

Revolutionary War, January to June, 1775

A timeline of events from January to June 1775, the first year of the American Revolutionary War.

Apache Wars

The Apache Wars were a series of raids, skirmishes, and battles fought between the United States and various Apache tribes in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Woodland Moundbuilders, Hopewell Park, NPS

Woodland Mound Builders

Woodland Mound Builders definition, resources, and guide for the AP US History curriculum.

King Charles II, Crowned at Westminster Abbey

Transatlantic Trade

APUSH Unit 2, Topic 2.4 covers concepts and systems related to Transatlantic Trade and the effects on the growth and development of Colonial America.

L’Anse aux Meadows, Landing of the Vikings, Illustration

L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows, discovered in 1960, is the earliest documented European settlement in North America, predating Christopher Columbus.

Colonial America and the French and Indian War

Salem Witch Trials, Howard Pyle

Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693)

The famous Witchcraft Crisis took place in Salem Village in 1692–1693.

William Brewster, Painting

Separatists (Pilgrims)

Puritan Separatists — the Pilgrims — left Europe and sailed to America for Religious Freedom.

Battle of Lake George, Johnson Saving Dieskau

Battle of Lake George (1755)

Learn about the intense battle from the French and Indian war that included the Bloody Morning Scout, the Bloody Pond, and the death of King Hendrick.

AmericaN Revolution and the Revolutionary war

Boston Massacre, 1770, Lantern Slide, DCMNY

Boston Massacre, APUSH

APUSH study guide for the Boston Massacre, the first bloodshed of the American Revolution.

Boston Massacre, 1770, Lantern Slide, DCMNY

Boston Massacre (1770)

When British troops fired into a crowd and killed colonists, Samuel Adams called it “The Boston Massacre.”

General Nathanael Greene, Portrait, Illustration

Nathanael Greene

Greene was a master strategist and a hero who helped lead American forces to a stunning victory in the Southern Theater.

Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Philip Sheridan, General

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The Union victory at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill opened up the Shenandoah Valley and led to “The Burning,” Philip Sheridan’s scorched earth campaign.

John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln Assassin, Portrait

Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes struck a blow for the Confederacy when he shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait, Gardner

Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln’s proclamation freed enslaved people in areas that were in rebellion against the United States.