Fighting of the American Revolution1775, 19thApril:Lexington and Concord - Thomas Gage(in Boston) orders troops to capture colonial munitions. Met at Lexington and Concord by militamen, disperse them but find no weapons, then return and are badly mauled by sharpshoorters1775, 10thMay - Ticonderoga captured by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen. Cannon hauled to seige of Boston 1775, 17thJune: Battle of Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill. British push Americans from Charlestown neck, overlooking Boston, but at enormous cost.1775, August - December: Richard Montgomery leads ill fated expedition to Canada, captures Montreal, but turned back at Quebec City; Benedict Arnoldleads second force through Maine to Quebec City as well; turned back, and continues unsuccessful "siege" during winter. American forces retreat in pitiful shape that spring. 1775, December 11th- Virginia's governor, Lord Dunmore, raises an African-American regiment by promising slaves who fight for British freedom, and then is decisively defeated by patriots.1776, February-June, General Henry Clinton, unsuccessfully tried to harass the Carolina coast, and is rebuffed June 4thin an attempted attack on Charleston, South Carolina, by forces under American General Charles Lee.1776, 27thAugust,after landing at Gravesend on Long Island half a week earlier, William Howeleads British troops against American positions on Brooklyn Heights, and dislodges American defenses in bloody, one-sided battle. 1776, 15thSeptember, British launch amphibious assault of Manhattan from Brooklyn at Kips' Bay, take New York City, but fail to stop Washington's retreat to fortifications north of city. 1776, 16thOctober, Howe takes Fort Washington (near current GW Bridge); two days later General Lord Cornwallis takes Fort Lee.