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Timeline (A Failed Revolution)

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  • August 27th- The battle for Long Island took place. After a hard, fight the British had pushed the Americans far back and cornered them. In OTL, they escaped when fog came, however, in ATL, the fog did not come. This allowed the British to stop the escape, killing or capturing much of the Continental Army.
  • September 17th- In the battle of Orange County, what little remains of George Washington's army is destroyed, and the general is captured.
  • November 3rd- The Continental Congress declares Horatio Gates the commander of the Continental Army.
  • November 18th- The Continental Congress is formally disbanded, although no action is done to secure this by the British.
  • December 23rd- Despite fighting still going on, the British declare the 13 colonies possessions of the British once again, hoping this will help end the revolt.
  • December 27th- The Continental Congress goes into hiding, moving south to Baltimore.


  • February 7th- With the huge number of British troops in the northeast, the Continental Congress evacuates for a second time, this time to Richmond Virginia.
  • April 27th- With only a small contingent of troops, Benedict Arnold is defeated at Ridgefield, Connecticut.
  • June 14th- The Continental Congress issues the first American flag, despite the fact that the independence of their nation is not recognized by any major powers.
  • July 6th- British troops under the command of General John Burgoyne capture Fort Ticonderoga, taking supplies that the rebels need to win the war.
  • August 25th- British General William Howe disembarks from Chesapeake Bay, with the intent of taking Philadelphia.
  • September 9th-11th- At the Battle of Brandywine Creek, Gen Burgoyne defeats a small American army commanded by Gen Benedict Arnold, and forces them back with heavy casualties.
  • September 26th- Gen Howe's forces occupy Philadelphia, taking one of the largest cities in the colonies.
  • October 7th- In the battle of Saratoga, Gen Burgoyne's forces destroy Gen Gates' force, effectively getting rid of the last major army in the northern part of the colonies.


  • January 3rd- Having either killed or captured most of Gen Gates' army, the British forces march triumphantly into Philadelphia, where they are greeted by Howe's troops.
  • March 18th- After spending the winter in Philadelphia, Gen Burgoyne's and Gen Howe's forces begin to March south, with Howe in overall command.
  • March 21st- The Continental Congress decides not to leave Richmond, because they have been told that only a few hundred British soldiers are coming instead of the whole army.
  • April 18th- After taking over Baltimore, the British army is now near Richmond. The decision is made to put 1000 troops on each side of the city to prevent any escapes.
  • April 19th- The battle for Richmond takes place. The American garrison of only 2000 men is smashed by the British, and most of the Continental Congress is either captured or killed.
  • July 13th- Benedict Arnold, one of the only generals to make it south, begins to gather his forces, merging his army with Adam Stephan, and decided to attempt to retake Richmond, in a desperate bid to turn the war around.
  • June 24th- With the help of Stephan, Arnold manages to raise an army of nearly 8000 men. However, the British command more than twice that, making Stephan get cold feet.
  • June 27th- Finally Arnold and Stephan reach an agreement: they will build up their forces for two more weeks, and then attack.
  • August 16th- Finally, the Second Continental Army is ready to march, numbering nearly 12,000 men, but still outnumbered nearly two-to-one.
  • August 18th- The Second Continental army attacks Richmond, three times in rapid succession. Each time they are brutally repulsed suffering horrible casualties. During the battle, the British had placed 5000 men behind them, with hopes of a surprise attack. So, when the army attempted to retreat, they were again thrown back. Only a few managed to escape the carnage, the rest were killed or captured, including both generals.
  • November 10th- The treaty of Paris is signed between the two nations, ending the war.


  • January 7th- The 13 colonies elect their first president, Sam Kelly. Although he must answer to the British, it is taken well by the colonies, and calms most of the remaining unrest.
  • March 17th- Charles III of Spain dies, and his brother, Ferdinand IV takes the throne. He immediately begins to build up Spain's military on an unprecedented level. He focuses especially on the navy, hoping to compete with Briant.
  • April 19th- The British troops in the 13 colonies are officially demobilized, although many stay to keep the peace.
  • June 1st- The British king formally declares that the colonies will get representation in parliament.

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