1775, the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Colonists were shot down in classic European style battle.
Battle of Bunker Hill
1775, First major battle of the war. Lowered British moral and will to fight after colonists were able to hold their own for a long time.
Battle of Long Island
1776, New York City falls to the British with heavy loss from the Continental Army.
Battle of Saratoga
1777, Convinced the French to formally ally with the colonies, giving the colonies an edge because they were now economically and militarily backed.
Battle of Yorktown
1781, Last major battle of the Revolution. Cornwallis surrenders after a maritime victory by the Americans and their French allies. The maritime victory threatened British national homeland security concerns.