What Happened in 1779

  • Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable Establishes First Non-Indigenous Settlement of Chicago

    Point du Sable's chief occupation seems to have been that of a trader who wandered from place to place in the customary manner, and fortunately... Read more

  • Battle Of Beaufort

    The Battle of Beaufort (also known as the Battle of Port Royal Island) was a battle in the American Revolutionary War that took place on February... Read more

  • Battle of Kettle Creek

    Boyd was apparently unaware that he was being followed so closely, and his camp, while guards were posted, was not particularly alert. Pickens... Read more

  • George Rogers Clark Accepts Henry Hamilton's Surrender Of Fort Sackville At Vincennes, Indiana

    On the morning of February 25, 1779, Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark, elder brother of explorer William Clark, accepted British Lt. Gov.... Read more

  • Battle of Brier Creek

    On the afternoon of March 3, a rider galloped into the American camp, warning of the British approach. While the exact amount of time they had to... Read more

  • Battle of Stono Ferry

    The opening move in Britain's "southern strategy" to win control of its rebellious colonies in the American Revolutionary War was the December 1778... Read more

  • Great Siege of Gibraltar

    Eventually on 13 September 1782 the Bourbon allies launched their great attack; the number involved nearly 70,000 fighting men both French and... Read more

  • Battle of Grenada

    The French fleet, under Admiral Comte d'Estaing, consisted of 25 ships of the line and several frigates. The British fleet, under Vice-Admiral John... Read more

  • Battle of Stony Point

    Washington’s plan called for a two-pronged, pincer-type, nighttime attack on the fortifications to be carried out by 1,200 men of his Corps of... Read more

  • Battle of Minisink

    Later that day, riders from Peenpack reached the village of Goshen, telling of Brant's raid and the destruction of the town. A militia formed... Read more

  • Penobscot Expedition

    On August 11, about 250 American militia advanced from their fortified camp and occupied a recently abandoned battery about a quarter mile (400 m)... Read more

  • Battle of Paulus Hook

    At four o'clock on the afternoon of August 8, 1779, Major Henry Lee, with four hundred infantry and a troop of dismounted dragoons started from New... Read more

  • Battle Of Newtown

    The Battle of Newtown (August 29, 1779), was the only major battle of the Sullivan Expedition, an armed offensive led by General John Sullivan that... Read more

  • Boyd and Parker Ambush

    During the next day the scouting party spotted a group of four Indians along the trail and a brief gun fight occurred. One Indian was killed, and... Read more

  • Siege of Savannah

    The Siege of Savannah was an encounter of the American Revolutionary War in 1779. The year before, the city of Savannah, Georgia had been captured... Read more

  • Battle Of Flamborough Head

    The Battle of Flamborough Head was a small naval battle that took place on 23 September 1779, in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire between... Read more

  • Battle Of San Fernando De Omoa

    The Battle of San Fernando de Omoa was a short siege and battle between British and Spanish forces fought not long after Spain entered the American... Read more