Chronological Record of
Engagements of the Revolution
DESTRUCTION OF NORFOLK,
January 1, 1776.
Defended by the Virginians under Colonels Woodford and Stevens.
North Carolina Regiment under Colonel (General) Howe, who assumed command of all the patriot forces.
HUTCHINSON'S ISLAND, GA.
March 7, 1776.
Georgians, under Colonel Joseph Habersham, aided by Carolinians, under Colonel William Bull, repulsed the assailing enemy.
June 28, 1776
Colonel Moultrie occupied Sullivan's Island with Colonels Huger and Sumter's riflemen. Colonel Pinckney's regiment in the city of Charleston; Colonel Gadsden's 1st South
Carolina on James' Island, at Fort Johnson; Muhlenburg's Virginia regiment ; Colonel Thompson's regiment in advance breastworks on Sullivan's
Island ; Colonel Clarke's North Carolina regiment and Captain Horry's " Raccoon Rifles" at Haddrell's Point; Moultrie's own regiment, with a company of artillery, occupied the Fort—about 450 men, including officers; General Armstrong in command at Haddrell's Point. General Lee, chief in command.
August 27, 1776.
On the day of the battle the brigades of Generals Lord Stirling, Nixon, Heard, Parsons, Woodhull, Scott and Wadsworth (in part) occupied the several points of defence. Major-General Putnam in command (at Brooklyn), General Sullivan second in command, Lord Stirling and General Parsons principal officers outside the lines. The regiments immediately engaged were detachments of Lutz's Pennsylvania militia, under Major Hurd ; Haslet's, under Major MacDonough ; Smallwood's, under Gist; Atlee's; Huntington's, under Lieut.-Colonel Clark ; Kachlein's; Hand's, under Lieut.-Colonel Chambers; and the two-gun battery, under Captain-Lieut. Benajah Carpenter of Rhode Island.
Among other artillery officers actively engaged were Captains Newell and Treadwell, Captain-Lieut. John Johnston,
Lieut. Lillie and " Cadet " John Callender. Other regiments on the island the day of the battle, and more or less actively engaged, were Wyllys', Tyler's, Chester's, Silliman's and Durkee's of Connecticut, Miles' and Hay's of Pennsylvania, independent Maryland companies (of Smallwood's), Lasher's and Drake's of New York, Long Island militia, Varnum's and
Hitchcock's of Rhode Island, Martin's, Forman's, Johnston's, Newcomb's and Van Cortland's of New Jersey, and Little's and Ward's of
HARLEM HEIGHTS (THROCK'S NECK), N. Y.
October 12, 1776.
"Knowlton's Rangers" (formally organized after the battle of Long Island, composed principally of officers and men from Durkee's, 'Webb's, Chester's, Wyllys' and Tyler's of Connecticut, Ward's and Sargent's of Massachusetts and Varnum's of Rhode Island), Virginians (of
Weedon's regiment), under Major Andrew Leitch ; detachment from Varnum's Rhode Islanders, under Lieut.-Colonel Archibald Crary ; Maryland independent companies, under Major Price, and parts of Griffith's and Richardson's (Beall's brigade). Other detachments from Nixon's and Sargent's brigades and Colonel Douglass' regiment, making between 1500 and 1800 men.
WHITE PLAINS, N. Y.
October 28, 1776
Advance parties under Colonels Silliman, Douglass and Chester. In the action which followed were
Haslet's Delawares, Massachusetts militia (Lincoln's brigade), under Colonel Brooks ; McDougall's, Ritzema's, Smallwood's and Webb's, and the two-gun battery of Captain Alexan- der Hamilton's company of artillery. About
1600 troops engaged.
FORT WASHINGTON, N. Y.
November 16, 1776.
ROBERT MAGAW, of Pennsylvania, Colonel in command.
Colonel Shee's Pennsylvania, under Lieut.-Colonel Cadwallader and Fifth Pennsylvania, under Colonel Miller; detachments from Pennsylvania Flying Camp, under Colonels Baxter and Swoope (who received Howe's demand to surrender);
Marylanders, under Colonel Rawlings and Major Otho H. Williams; artillery, under Captain Pierce, and the remnants of the "Rangers," Miles' and Atlee's regiments and Bradley's Connecticut levies, The whole force numbering about 2800 men.
BATTLE OF TRENTON, N. J.
December 26, 1776.
Generals Greene, Sullivan, Stirling, Mercer, Glover and Sargent and the newly-commissioned Brigadier-Generals Arthur St. Clair, Adam Stephen and De Fermoy (a French officer).
Sullivan in command of the first division, consisting of Glover's, Sargent's and St. Clair's brigades; Greene, the second division of Stirling's, Mercer's and Stephen's brigades; De Fermoy (De Rochefermoy) in command of Hand's riflemen and Haussegger's Pennsylvania German battalion; also Hand's battalion ; the remains of Haslet's and of Smallwood's; Knox's artillery and Forrest's(Penna.) battery; Durkee's, Webb's,
Ward's, Chester's and Bradley's of Connecticut; Sargent's, Glover's, Hutchinson's, Baldwin's, Shepherd's (late Larned's), Bailey's and Patterson's of Massachusetts; Stark's, Poor's and Reed's from New Hampshire; McDougall's and Ritzema's of New York;
Weedon's, Scott's, Elliot's, Buckner's, Reed's and Lawson's of Virginia.
These battalions had become so depleted, however, that many of them were less than
100 strong. Total, 2400 men. Greene's advance was led by Captain William Washington and Lieutenant James Monroe of Virginia; Sullivan's, by Stark's New Hampshire men.
Source: "The Army and Navy of
the United States 1776-1891", George Barrie Publisher, Philadelphia,
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